Friday, May 25, 2012

Egypt Islamists claim lead in vote for president, contrary to polls

The various Egyptian pundits assumed that public support of the Brotherhood waned after they announced their attempt to put forward a presidential nominee.

With final results due to be published only next week, Egyt's Muslim Brotherhood claimed on Friday that it's candidate Mohamed Mursi has garnered the most votes in Wednesday's presidential elections.

And while it wasn't yet clear whether or not that announcement is correct or not, they could potentially serve as a significant surprise considering the fact that all of the preliminary polls indicated that Mursi's chances of winning were slim, far behind former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, moderate Islamist candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and even former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik.

An al-Jazeera report indicated that preliminary results show that Mursi indeed leads the race, after counting 50 percent of the votes, with the three other candidates vying for second place ahead of a runoff. Read More