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1. Mohamed Morsi 5,553,097 (25.3%)
2. Ahmed Shafiq 5,210,978 (23.74%)
3. Hamdeen Sabbahi 4,739,983 (21.6%)
4. Aboul Fotouh 3,936,264 (17.93%)
5. Amr Moussa 2,407,837 (10.97%)
During the same day, SPEC rejected the appeals of presidential candidates citing election fraud filed days prior. Nevertheless, it was not long before people in two of Egypt’s main cities, Cairo and Alexandria expressed their discontent over the final results. On Monday, about a couple hundred people took the streets in Alexandria (a city I happened to be visiting) chanting, “We do not want neither Shafiq nor Ikhwan, we want Sabbahi.” According to Egypt’s prominent online newspaper, Ahram Online’s tally of election results; it demonstrated Alexandria as one of the top cities with support for Nasserite Hamdeen Sabbahi.
1.Hamdeen Sabbahi 602,000 (34.2%)
2.Aboul Fotouh 387,000 (22%)
3.Amr Moussa 291,000 (16.5%)
4.Mohamed Morsi 269,000 (15.3%)
5. Ahmed Shafiq 212,000 (12%)
This was a surprising outcome, as the coastal city is known to be a hub for conservatives, particularly the Salafis. This would explain why Aboul Fotouh came in second, since the Salafi party endorsed the former Muslim Brotherhood member. Ahram Online estimates there was a 43.3% turnout in all 27 governorates.
As Egyptians gathered in Alexandria to express their disapproval of the election results, slowly people poured into Tahrir Square, Cairo to do the same. Some decided to take their frustration out on Shafiq’s headquarters in Dokki, Giza by setting it ablaze (A bridge away). No one was injured, but eight protesters were arrested for their involvement in the ransacking of the candidate’s headquarters.
The second round of Egypt’s presidential election is to take place on June 16th and 17th between the two contenders.By Holly Dagres, Aslan Media Contributor
*Photo Credit: Jonathan Rashad
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