Egypt holds first round of voting in presidential election


(JTA) — Egyptians are voting in their first presidential election since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak during an uprising more than a year ago.

Thursday was the second day of the first round of balloting. Nearly 50 million Egyptians are eligible to vote.

Results for the election are expected May 29. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held.

While the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party now holds control of the parliament, the presidential election includes contenders from other factions of Egyptian politics.

The top contenders for the race are two Islamists that include Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi and Islamist Abdel Moneim Aboul Fouth. The other contenders are two officials from the Mubarak era — Ahmed Shafik, the former prime minister, and Amr Moussa, the ex-foreign minister and Arab League secretary-general.

Following Mubarak’s ouster, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has maintained governing power over Egypt in order to ensure a smooth transition to the new government in parliament and the new president. 

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