2012 Egypt Election: Will Results Change Anything?
Egypt Votes: Secularism vs Islamism, Pro-Mubarak vs Reform
On May 23-24, 2012, Egyptians are taking to the polls for the first election since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Indeed, this is the first time in Egyptian history where election results are actually tied to votes.
The original narrative of the Egyptian revolution was that of a populist uprising that overthrew a despot. The reality, though, was a military coup that took advantage of the public's anger at their oppressive ruler.
Now Egypt is at another crossroads. 52 million citizens have been queueing up to vote. Should a clear winner not be determined, a runoff vote will take place mid-June. 13 candidates are on the ballot.
Two of the frontrunners represent Islamist interests: Mohammed Mursi (of the Muslim Brotherhood) and Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh (former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood). Amr Moussa, who has served as Minsiter of Foreign Affairs, as well as Secretary-General of the Arab League. Ahmed Shafiq, a former commander of the air force, temporarily served as prime minister during the February 2011 protests.
Do Elections Matter to a Military Government?
Regardless of the election's outcome, Egypt has yet to adopt a new constitution. As such, it's unclear how much real-life power a new President will have. While the military has promised a handover to a duly-elected civilian leader, military governments are not historically quick to abandon the halls of power.