Glance at Egypts 2 presidential candidates

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family (AP) – A look at the two candidates who competed in Egypt’s presidential runoff on June 16-17. Both claimed victory. After a delay that hiked tensions across the country, official results are to be announced Sunday.AHMED SHAFIQThe former Air Force commander and civil aviation minister was Mubarak’s last prime minister and was dumped in the face of protests after the president’s ouster. Shafiq, 70, scores points by presenting himself as a strongman who will stabilize the country, promising to restore law and order within 24 hours of taking office. His campaign for the runoff has focused on warning against the Muslim Brotherhood, drawing on the fear among many Egyptians of its rising power and what they see as its drive to dominate the state and change their lifestyle with stricter Islamic rules. Opponents view Shafiq as the military’s favorite.center_img The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 treatments for adult scoliosis In the first round, Shafiq came in second, winning a surprisingly high 5.3 million votes or nearly 24 percent of the total.MOHAMMED MORSIThe candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s strongest political movement, was educated as an engineer in southern California. Elected to parliament several times under Mubarak’s rule. Morsi, 60, is not seen as the group’s most charismatic figure but he has its organizational power behind him. The Brotherhood’s platform promises to reform corrupt institutions, put the state on an “Islamic basis” and apply more Islamic law. In the second round, Morsi sought to appeal to revolutionaries his group alienated in its quest for political power, and has campaigned as the only candidate that will prevent the return of Mubarak’s regime.In the first round, Morsi came in first, winning a surprisingly low total of 5.6 million votes or nearly 25 percent.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img