Egypt Votes

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They may live in the shadows of the oldest of civilizations but they are experiencing the newest of democracies and for Egyptians in day two of the first round of voting in Presidential election, there is no denying the thrill of electoral choice. Still ... it is tempered by the reality that 20 to 40 percent of the economy is controlled by the military, some of the new president's powers will be undefined and the choices aren't good enough for everyone. Today, we hear from Egyptians looking for promise at the polls.


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Egypt's protesters got exactly what they wanted after they filled Cairo's streets a year ago: For the first time in Egypt's long history, a free presidential election is underway. Hosni Mubarak certainly won't return --but it's far from clear who will win. Voting began yesterday and Egyptians are still casting ballots .

13 candidates are running for president, some former members of the Mubarak government, some former opposition leaders, some members of Islamic parties. The two day preliminary round wraps up today. Analysts doubt anyone will win a majority of fifty per cent of the vote, so a runoff vote will be held next month. Egypt's new president will have the country's highest hopes on his shoulders.

We have three guests today to talk about their own hopes for Egypt. Ramy Yaacoub is the chief of staff for the Free Egyptians Party, a liberal, secular political party. Sarah Al Rifaei is a community service program coordinator. And Gigi Ibrahim is an activist and blogger. They were all in Cairo.

This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and Josh Bloch.


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