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Egyptian Candidates Allege Fraud in Presidential Election
May 27, 2012

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The arguing has already begun, and the votes aren't all counted yet. Three top candidates in Egypt's presidential election have already appealed to the national election commission, charging voter fraud.

Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister serving under former President Hosni Mubarak, was expected to be one of the top two finishers anyway, and therefore be participating in next month's runoff. However, Shafiq alleged that some votes cast for him in one of the country's provinces were not included in the final count.

Unofficial returns had Shafiq gaining the second-most votes, behind Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi. Morsi was not the Brotherhood's first choice, but that man, Khairat el-Shater, was disqualified by the election commission. The Brotherhood urged unitybehind Morsi in the past few weeks, including a human chain from Cairo to Aswan.

Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, who with former foreign Amr Moussa featured in a televised debate a couple of weeks ago, found his break with the Brotherhood too much to overcome, according to unofficial results, which had both Fotouh and Moussa finishing hundreds of thousands of votes behind Morsi and Shafiq.

Egyptians voted by the millions over two days in what many have called the country's freest and most transparent in decades. Judges and international observers were present at most polling stations.

 
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