Egypt Presidential Election Results 2012: Who is Mohammed Morsi? Everything You Need to Know

Egypt Elects has been following the results of the Egypt presidential election coverage. For more coverage, see here.

Egyptian officials announced Monday that Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, and Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, will face each other in a June runoff election. The run-off is scheduled to take place on June 16-17. 

Here's everything you need to know about the two candidates: 

Mohammed Morsi



Qualification: Initially nominated because Khairat El-Shater was disqualified. Morsi was the back up candidate for the Freedom and Justice Party. Affiliation: Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party. Is the current “Muslim Brotherhood” candidate. Holds prominent political leadership role in the Brotherhood.

Background

Holds a doctorate in Engineering from the University of Southern California. Was the first President of the FJP and a member of the guidance office of the Muslim Brotherhood. Was arrested several times as a campaigner for reforms under Mubarak. Most conservative Islamist in the race. Trusted by the Egyptian security apparatus as an effective negotiator.

Platform

Believes that the government should be based on the Quran and Islamic Sharia law. Refused to accept the idea of a Christian presidential candidate, but believes there should be harmony between Christians and Muslims.

To read more, see Egypt Elects' coverage here.


Ahmed Shafiq



Qualification: Received 62,192 citizen signatures Affiliation: Independant

Background

Was Prime Minister of Egypt from January 2011 to March 2011, but resigned after being accused of being a Mubarak holdover. Prior to January 2011, he was a Senior Commander in the Egyptian Air Force He holds a doctorate in the National Strategy of Outer Space

Platform

Has said Sharia should be the main foundation of the law Believes that a strong security force is necessary to attract investment Has said that calling off Camp David would be ‘insane’

To read more, see Egypt Elects' coverage here.

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