Friday, May 25, 2012

Barry Rubin: NEWS FLASH: Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory in Egypt Presidential Election



by Barry Rubin

NEWS FLASH: Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory in Egypt Presidential Election

Let me make it clear from the start that this article is based on Muslim Brotherhood statements and leaks. The information may not be accurate. We will not know for sure until Sunday when official tallies are provided.

According to the Brotherhood, the uncompleted vote counting for president looks like this.
  • Mohamed Mursi (Brotherhood) 28.4 percent
  • Ahmed Shafiq (Mubarak era general) 24.6
  • Abdul Moeim Abul Fotouh (so-called “moderate Islamist” but supported by radical Islamist Salafists) 18.1
  • (Hamdeen Sabahi (radical anti-American “left” Nasserist) 17.1%
  • Amr Moussa (radical nationalist pragmatist) 11.6%.
The Brotherhood claims that this means it will win the second round. I’m not 100 percent sure but it seems very possible. A second round would be a straight contest between a secularist and an Islamist. How would voters choose?
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Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). His latest book is Israel: An Introduction, was published by Yale University Press in January 2012. You can read more of Barry Rubin's posts at Rubin Reportsand  Rubin Reports, on Pajamas Media 

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