Egyptian election reveals depth of divisions

A candidate associated with the regime of Hosni Mubarak looks likely to be in a run-off against an opponent from the Muslim Brotherhood, writes David Lynch in Cairo.

26th May, 2012
Polling centre officials in Cairo sort ballots for counting during Egypt's presidential election last week. Photo: John Moore/Getty

Millions of Egyptians were happy to display the fingers that had been dipped in ink after they voted in the country's first ever open presidential elections last week. However, despite the pre-election hype, initial reports put the turnout at less than 50 per cent.

Some revolutionary organisations called for a boycott of the election, while Mohamed El-Baradei, a prominent liberal, said he did not vote. He spoke for many when he said the elections should not...

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