June 17th, 2012
02:27 AM ET

Intentions of Egypt's interim military rulers questioned amid runoff

CAIRO (CNN) - As Egyptians cast ballots Sunday in the second and final day of a runoff that will decide the country's first popularly elected leader, questions swirl about whether the military will actually relinquish power.

The runoff is taking place against a backdrop of political chaos: Egypt has no constitution and no parliament, following a court ruling just days before the runoff that invalidated an Islamist-dominated legislative body and then saw the military swiftly move to dissolve it ahead of the election.

Even the choice of candidates in the runoff appeared to reflect the political polarization spurred by the chaos: Mohamed Morsi, backed by the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood, and Ahmed Shafik, who served as the last prime minister in the waning days of Hosni Mubarak's regime.

The two-day runoff that began Saturday followed a May election that failed to produce a winner with a clear mandate.

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  1. Kenny Rogers

    No, it was me. I'm a sick individual, but somehow you understand me. I'm sorry, banasy©, I really am. I like pepperoni pizza.

    June 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I don't jack names.

    I'm not going to posts any more here.

    All posts under my name will not be me.

    June 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mickey1313

    I would rather live under a military junta, than a theocracy.

    June 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Mickey, how much longer would we have to live under mans way to govern ourselves before we as humans realize "it is not meant for man to direct his own steps" so to speak. Therefore, trying Gods laws to guide us. That was a question not me standing up preaching.

      June 18, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Mickey speaks of theocracies we see today, obviously. (unless, of course, he understands God's Kingdom is a real government with other governments as enemies) Mickey? Whose side would you fight-on if war broke-out between God's government and mankinds governments?
    We humans have yet to devise a form of government that works, though we have been trying for over 5,000 yrs of written history. And yet, you really think that we finally figured it out? Howso?

    June 18, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
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