Egyptian Election Goes to Runoff

    A combo of two file pictures shows Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, Mohammed Mursi (L), at his office in Cairo on November 28, 2011, and former prime minister and presidential candidate, Ahmed Shafiq (R), in Cairo on March 10, 2012. Egypt looked set on May 25, 2012 for a run-off presidential vote pitting Mursi against Shafiq, according to tallies by the Islamist group. AFP PHOTO/ODD ANDERSON/KHALED DESOUKI

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    The Muslim Brotherhood will clash with Egypt’s old guard in a runoff election in June, according to state media. While official results from the most recent round of votes will not be available until Tuesday, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi reportedly took home 25.3 percent of the vote, narrowly beating out former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, who won just under 25 percent. The election has come to be seen as a fight for the soul of Egypt after the popular uprising that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. The Muslim Brotherhood has warned that Shafiq will bring back Mubarak’s worst abuses, while a spokesman for the former prime minister hinted that the brotherhood is interested in creating an “Islamic empire.”

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