People in Egypt go to the polling stations for the second and final day of the country’s presidential runoff. The historic runoff elections started on Saturday and will continue until the end of Sunday with the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Mohammed Morsi, running against ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak’s last Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq. More than 50 million people are eligible to vote in the election.
The early results of the Egyptian expatriates’ voting show Morsi ahead of Shafiq.The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has vowed to hand over power to the winner of the election by July 1. The historic elections began two days ahead of a controversial decision by the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court to dissolve the parliament. The move triggered massive protests and reactions by the Egyptian people and scholars, who described the drive as a “coup attempt”. The Muslim Brotherhood slammed the decision, demanding a referendum to be held on the issue. In a statement issued on Saturday the Islamic party said the political gains of the revolution are at risk and “dangerous days” are ahead. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) - a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood - said in another statement that the decision showed the military council's desire to "take possession of all powers despite the will of the people." Many Egyptians fear that Shafiq is the undeclared candidate of the junta and that the military-appointed election committee overseeing the election will rig the vote in favor of Shafiq. AO/JR/HJL