30 May 2012
Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Egypt, where protests erupted after final results were announced in the country’s first-ever competitive presidential election.
The top two candidates in the first round of the race are Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in a popular uprising 15 months ago.
"[Shafik] speaks the language of Mubarak’s regime. And what that means is the retention of broad discretionary powers given to the executive and given to security forces, a very strong role for security agency involvement, whether the intelligence services or Ministry of Interior security agencies, to ensure stability and control over protests, which, as far as he is concerned, are the source of instability," says Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch.
Morsi and Shafik will face each other in a runoff vote set to begin June 16.
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