Egypt votes for 2nd day to pick Mubarak successor
CAIRO - The Associated Press
An Egyptian electoral official holds a voting ballot as a woman arrives to cast he vote at a polling station in Cairo on June 17, 2012. Polling opened in Egypt's final day of a divisive election to choose a successor to ousted president Hosni Mubarak, in a race that pits a former regime premier against an Islamist. AFP PhotoEgyptians are choosing between a conservative Islamist and Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister in a second day of a presidential runoff that has been overshadowed by the domination of the country's military.
Going head-to-head in the runoff are Ahmed Shafiq, a longtime friend and self-confessed admirer of Mubarak, and Mohammed Morsi of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.
The Saturday-Sunday vote followed a week of political drama in which the military announced de facto martial rule and judges appointed by Mubarak before his ouster dissolved the freely elected, Islamist-dominated parliament.
The generals who took over from Mubarak 16 months ago are expected this week to spell out the powers of the new president and appoint a 100-member panel to draft a new constitution.