June 16th, 2012
03:44 AM ET

Polls open in Egypt amid political chaos

CAIRO (CNN) - Egyptians started casting their ballots Saturday in a presidential runoff that pits two candidates whose platforms are at the crux of the country's political chaos.

On one side, an Islamist backed by the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. On the other, a former air force general who served as the last prime minister in the waning days of Hosni Mubarak's regime.

And sitting in the background, overseeing the election - and the creation of a new constitution - are the military rulers who have been in control of the country since Mubarak was ousted from power last year.

The biggest question facing the at least 50 million Egyptians eligible to cast ballots in the runoff is what happens after voters decide between Mohamed Morsi of the Justice and Freedom Party, the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik.

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  1. chrissy

    Wow, talk about being between a rock and a hard place! Dont sound like a win/win with either candidate for the people of Egypt.

    June 16, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Military has been lurking in the wings waiting to pounce ever since the ouster of Mubarak. Its hard to imagine if they would willingly cede control.
    For the hapless people of Egypt struggle continues.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    It's as if the people of Egypt have to choose between the devil they have already experienced or the devil they don't know...what kind of choice is that?

    June 16, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    Good Morning All, this should be an interesting weekend with Egypt and Greece. I am keeping my eye on the Greek elections with their no polling policy and whether or not they are going to opt out of the Euro.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    I hear you @banasy.
    It's not "like" they have to, they have to. (choose between a war monger and a religious zealot)

    June 16, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    ...with both men drooling over and dreaming of the vast personal fortune that awaits the man with full authority over anything coming into Egypt from Israel illegally.
    For decades there have been tunnels beneath Israel's border with Egypt. Through these tunnnels flow illegal Israeli made weaponry and black market diamonds.
    How do you thing Mubarek came to amass his personal fortune? From what he was paid to be president by Egyptian citizens? LMAO. Sure, Egypt's minimum wage is higher than ours. But not THAT much higher.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Ah, the old dangling chad, lol...

    June 16, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol, florida voting machines? What would any home be without one eh?

    June 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @chrissy:
    I know we employ ours when we have a vote at my house.
    Guess who wins? 😉

    That's right.
    Bush, lol...

    June 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Lol banasy, if i had to have one i suspect the only good use for it would be as a urinal in the outhouse at our cabin! lmfao!

    June 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    Just curious. How exactly is this going to work now ? Parliament has been disbanded, so there are no lawmakers, other than the military of course, to make the decisions on the consti tuion, which at this point, is non-exsitent. So after the military puts their figurehead leader into place, what is going to be the basis of the government ? Will it be military rule from here on out ? It seems like the populace of Egypt is about to get more of the same. The only difference this time being the leader is not propped up by the U.S.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    You called it bobcat! Lol. No difference really.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HIDE BEHIND

    P. S.:
    The people of Egypt having to vote for the "Lesser of Two Evils;" Why does that sound familiar???_

    June 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Good afternoon @ HIDE BEHIND and bobcat.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    But...The question is, WHICH is the lesser of two evils?

    June 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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