Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion set for May

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

CAIRO | Egypt on Wed­nes­day set May 23 and 24 for its first-ever free pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, a much-an­tic­i­pated vote that would bring to an end the rocky tran­si­tional pe­riod that fol­lowed the ouster of Hosni Mubarak a year ago.

The rul­ing mil­i­tary has pledged to turn over power to civil­ians af­ter the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, and that would mean an end of six decades of au­thor­i­tar­ian rule dur­ing which se­cre­tive gen­er­als pulled the strings of power from be­hind the scenes.

If no can­di­date wins 50 per­cent of the vote, a runoff be­tween the top two fin­ish­ers would take place June 16 and 17.

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