Brotherhood, ex-regime candidate in run-off

2012-05-25 23:06

Cairo - Preliminary results from Egypt's presidential election show Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq have won the top two spots and advanced to next month's run-off.

Results compiled on Friday from all of Egypt's 27 provinces show the two in a very tight race, with Morsi in the lead with 25% of the votes.

The results have Shafiq, who served as ousted President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, close behind with 24%.

That sets the stage for a deeply divisive runoff vote 16-17 June for Egypt's presidency.

Morsi and Shafiq are the country's most polarizing candidates, each loathed by significant sectors of the population.

A head-to-head match between them is the most heated imaginable scenario.

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