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In the nation’s first democratic presidential election in the republic’s history, with 50 million people eligible to vote, Mubarak’s final Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafik received 24.9 percent of the vote and the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohammed Morsi, received 25.3 percent of the vote qualifying the two candidates out of a field of 13 to take part in a run-off election on June 16.
The two candidates, Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh and Amr Moussa who had gone into the race as the anointed front-runners by many media outlets, placed respectively fourth and fifth.
These election results may be surprising for some who saw this election as the culmination of the events on Tahrir Square eighteen months ago and the beginning of a new generation of politics in Egypt. But, these elections are more so the triumph of traditional politics over revolutionary politics in Egypt. The silent majority has now spoken, and this voice critically will now guide Egypt as it returns to a form of civilian rule.
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