Moussa leads race and expats in Saudi turn out to vote

News article, posted 05.14.2012, from Egypt, in:
Sarah ElMeshad
Moussa leads race and expats in Saudi turn out to vote (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Amr Moussa holds a lead in the presidential race so far, according to government-run newspaper Al-Ahram, party paper Al-Wafd and privately owned Al-Watan. Newspapers focus Monday on the upcoming election, scheduled for 23 and 24 May.

Polls of Egyptians abroad show the former Arab League chief taking the lead, with the support of 40.8 percent of poll participants. Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq follows with 19.9 percent, then former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh with 17.8 percent and Brotherhood nominee Mohamed Morsy with 9.4 percent.

An Al-Watan poll conducted by the newspaper showed Moussa leading by 42 percent, followed by Abouel Fotouh with 22 percent and Shafiq in third with 20 percent. Leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi came in fourth with 10 percent and Morsy followed, with a mere 6 percent.

Al-Watan also reports that expat turnout is highest in Saudi Arabia, while it is lowest in the US, with a turnout of only 400 voters so far. The expat vote will continue until 17 May.

More stories on the election include Al-Ahram’s top story on preparations for the poll, with the government setting up transportation and accommodations for judges and committees in charge of the election to ensure the integrity of the process.


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