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Egypt’s Bitter Elections Boil to a Close Contest

posted on June 18, 2012

The Guardian’s Jack Shenker reports that Egypt’s presidential election runoff this past weekend marked a turning point in the future of the Arab world’s most populous nation. Yet according to Shenker, few Egyptians seem enthusiastic about this future. “Relentless fear-mongering and negative campaigning on both sides of the contest,” Shenker writes, has led to nearly empty polling stations “for much of the two-day ballot–with potential voters seemingly put off by scorching temperatures … and the increasingly oppressive political climate of military-led manipulation and national division that has gripped the country a year-and-a-half after the start of its ongoing revolution.”

Read at The Guardian