Egyptian Poll: Moussa still leading race, Shafiq advances, Abouel Fotouh comes in third

News article, posted 05.14.2012, from Egypt, in:
Egyptian Poll: Moussa still leading race, Shafiq advances, Abouel Fotouh comes in third (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Former Arab League chief Amr Moussa remains on top of candidates for the presidential election to be held on 23 and 24 May, according to an opinion poll by a prominent think tank.

According to the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies survey, Moussa still tops the chart with the support of 40.8 percent of poll participants, but he is followed this time by former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, who climbed to 19.9 percent.

Former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh fell back to third, with 17.8 percent.

Brotherhood nominee Mohamed Morsy remained fourth with 9.4 percent, followed by leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi with 7 percent.

Egyptians are due to vote on 23 and 24 May in the first round of the election, which is expected to go to a June runoff between the top two out of the 13 candidates. Regional observers are watching the election as a measure of the change brought by last year’s historic uprisings.

Moussa, 75, is a veteran diplomat who once served as Mubarak’s foreign minister. He has intensified his electoral campaign in Upper Egypt and the Delta, visiting towns and villages while painting himself as the only candidate with the stature and experience to lead Egypt.

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