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

    Quirky news just in for you bobcat: An Austrian woman files for divorce when the groom gets caught gettin dirty with a waitress at the reception! Seven second itch?? hope this stays up long enough for you to read it. ūüôā

    June 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    @chrissy, I saw it and must ask if this is true or are you joking.

    June 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Heck if i know, but sounds like a joke to me! Lol every evening i get a quirky newsflash on my phone. And theyre almost always funny!

    June 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    @chrissy, there has been a lot of crazy stuff coming out of Austria since that demonic father who kept his daughter in a basement and did unspeakable things.

    June 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @dazzle ©:
    Oh, that man was evil.
    Evil, sick, sick evil.
    Ghastly!

    June 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    @banasy©, they should have just killed him. Perfect cretin for the death penalty.

    June 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Ok now i better NEVER get that kinda newsflash or ill be gettin a different phone service. And dont tell me anymore puleeezzz!

    June 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    @chrissy, the only newsflashes I get on my phone now is weather alerts. The insomniac is notorious for reading news on her phone.

    June 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @dazzle©:
    One of the worst cases I've ever seen!
    Monster.

    @chrissy:
    This isn't the amusing sort of story, so you don't have to worry.

    June 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Yea i gathered and im going to a different thread now, as it doesnt sound like anything i want to know about ttyl.

    June 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @chrissy:
    All I meant was it's unlikely to be sent to your phone.

    June 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dazzle ©

    @banasy©,not that I condone the kids infamous quote but this monster would be a candidate for that. She used the same quote on her Dad this week and he grounded her. She expects me to play the good cop on this but I don't work that way. Usually I am the bad cop.

    June 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @dazzle ©:
    She seriously used that on her father?
    And she expects you to back her up, lol?
    Oh, the moxie that one has!

    June 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @dazzle ©:
    And yeah, Austriaman would have been a primo candidate!

    June 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dazzle ©

    @banasy©, she did indeed. We did it by SKYPE and she said "Mom, is that a smirk on your face." I thought when she turned 20 the drama queen would settle down. LOL, usually he is the one that is brought in when she gets umbrage from me.

    June 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
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