Millions from around the world tuned in as Farouk Sultan, head of the election commission prepared to read out the results
There is no going back on democracy in Egypt, USA Secretary of State Hilary Clinton declared Thursday about the Egyptian two-day presidential runoff elections taking place this weekend...The low voter turnout during day one of the runoffs was telling that something is rotten in the state of Egypt.
The results of the first round of voting in the Egyptian presidential election were not good. To be more specific, they were very bad. The runoff will pit Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group already dominant in parliament, against Ahmed Shafik, a former commander of the air force and Mubarak's last prime minister.
Who are the incubators of a real democratic renewal in the Arab Spring? After talking to young Egyptians, among them many intellectuals, who returned to their homeland having studied at prestigious English universities, I feel confronted with a rather contradictory picture.
Gloomy weeks for the western world: the elections in Egypt and Russia threaten to transform the Arab spring as well as the hoped for political thaw with Moscow into an icy winter.
More than 60% of eligible voters turned out to vote in the first round of Egypt's recent elections, according to officials
Egypt has seen the initial round of its first supposed 'free and open' elections. Following a week of violence that saw a 120-hour battle between the Egyptian state forces and the protesters on Tahrir, up until the last minute, voters, judges, candidates and journalists weren't sure the elections would go ahead.
The spontaneous uprising of the discontented in Cairo appears to have swept away the dictator seemingly effortlessly but the old structures of army, police and secret service are still in place and threaten to continue an only marginally relaxed, autocratic regime with the help of the multifaceted Muslim Brotherhood.
Before arriving in Egypt I was expecting to come to a country that carried the air of revolution in its atmosphere. I was anticipating the sight of young Egyptian men swarming the streets with their chests puffed out as if wearing Superman capes on their backs.
I approached the 5 day trip to Gaza with a certain degree of apprehension. There is no doubt that this part of the Middle East is volatile and the Peace process has virtually disappeared.