Egypt votes again for a new president after the fall of Mubarak
Egypt, June 16, 2012
Tomorrow, 52 million Egyptians are eligible to vote between former Prime Minister of the cabinet of Hosni Mubarak and an Islamist candidate. This is the second round of elections after the fall of the former president.
The strife between Shafiq Ahmed, a career officer in the Air Force with Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi, an American-trained engineer, has deeply divided the country, 16 months after the surprising uprising of millions of people that forced the resignation of the authoritarian leader Mubarak after his 29-year rule.
Moreover, the institutional landscape is also conflicting, since the Parliament has been dissolved and a new constitution still seems utopian.
Last week, the military seized power to achieve a peaceful transition to democracy through the president-elect and deliver the mandate on July 1.
The Egyptians have gone to the polls several times since the fall of Mubarak, on 11 February 2011.