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Islamist Mursi ahead in Egypt’s presidential elections

Published: 27/05/2012 06:30:00 PM GMT
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Cairo: A 60-year-old engineer who is also a candidate for Egypt’s presidency from the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Mursi, has come first in opening round of the presidential polling in the country.

By Farhan Iqbal


Cairo: A 60-year-old engineer who is also a candidate for Egypt’s presidency from the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Mursi, has come first in opening round of the presidential polling in the country.

According to a votes tally by Muslim Brotherhood, its candidate Mohamed Mursi is on top of all his counterparts in the race for Egypt’s presidency. He has emerged as a strong contender otherwise when he joined the race for Egypt's presidency just five weeks ago; he was mocked as the Muslim Brotherhood's uncharismatic "spare tyre" after its first-choice candidate had been disqualified.

A Brotherhood official shared the counting of votes that with votes counted from about 12,800 of the roughly 13,100 polling stations, Mursi had 25 percent, Shafiq 23 percent, a rival Islamist Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh 20 percent and leftist Hamdeen Sabahy 19 percent.

Mohamed Mursi of Muslim Brotherhood happens to be an Islamist and he gave special attention to the pro-Islamic voters in his election campaign. The pro-Islamic voters helped his Islamic political party, an ultra-orthodox Salafi Islamist movement, in securing 70 percent seats in Egypt’s parliament in the beginning of this year.

He has promised at a number of occasions during his election campaign to the Egyptian nation for implementing Islamic Shariah in the country complying with the laws mentioned in The Holy Quran and in the teachings of The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

He was used to taking prayer breaks while addressing the large gatherings during his campaign which shows his tilt towards following Islam strictly.

Mursi has also indicated to revisit the Cairo's 1979 peace treaty with Israel as he strongly believes that Egypt's neighbor has not respected the agreement.

He stated, "We will take a serious step towards a better future, God willing." He was addressing the final campaign rally on Sunday and he also promised to deal with stern hands with corrupt elements from Mubarak's era.

He warned the corrupt people saying, "If they take a step to take us backwards, to forge the will (of the people) and fiddle with security, we know who they are. We will throw them in the rubbish bin of history."

Mursi said that he was not willing to race for the presidency initially but later on he decided to participate for the sake of the Egyptians and God.

He said during one campaign rally, “It was for the sake of the Islamic Shariah that men were ... thrown into prison. Their blood and existence rests on our shoulders now.”

He himself was imprisoned during Mubarak’s regime. “We will work together to realize their dream of implementing shariah,” he added.

A Muslim Brotherhood MP, Helmi el-Gazzar, knows Mursi for years, describes him as a scientific character with an analytical mind. “He was an indefatigable man, tangibly eager to perform the tasks for which he was responsible," Gazzar told.

Mursi gave a reason for racing for the presidency as he fears the Day of Judgment when God will ask him questions about his actions when his nation needed him in the world.

“We are worried that God will ask us, on the day of reckoning: What did you do when you saw that the nation was in need of sacrifice and effort?” he observed.



Mohamed Mursi, Muslim Brotherhood candidate for Egypt’s presidency

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