Egypt votes to choose successor to Hosni Mubarak

2:36 PM, Jun 16, 2012   |    comments
Ahmed Shafiq and Mohammed Morsi, presidential candidates (l-r)
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CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptians are deciding whether to install a remnant of the old regime of Hosni Mubarak or bring more Islam into government.

Their choices in this weekend's presidential runoff are bringing about anxiety and worry, 16 months after Mubarak's ouster. One woman near Cairo says she's not voting for Mubarak's ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq or the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi, calling them "thieves and liars."

Shafiq was a career air force officer like Mubarak. Morsi is a U.S.-trained engineer, but some fear if he wins, the country will see more religion in government and restricted freedoms.

Turnout in the two-day election isn't expected to exceed 50 percent.

Associated Press

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