Two political analysts agreed that presidential candidate Ahmad Shafīq’s leap to the runoff round only indicated nearly one-quarter of the Egyptian voters are alarmed by the post-revolution repercussions, stressing the need to respect whoever will be brought by the ballot boxes. [‘Ādil al-Darajlī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 26, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic
“Shafīq’s success in the first round only means that nearly a quarter of the voters are concerned by the reverberations of the revolution although they strongly believed in it,” said political expert Mustafá al-Fiqī.
“Some voters believe that the revolution has swerved from its course. Ahmad Shafīq expresses Egyptian family and the silent majority, which raised his stakes in the elections,” he said.
Fiqī noted that the January 25, 2011 revolution has started for socio-economic, not religious, reasons and accordingly Egyptians who voted for Shafīq only wanted to have their civil state back from the claws of Islamist groups.
Dr. Nabīl Lūqā Bibāwī, a professor of criminal law at the Police Academy, said that the results of the post-revolution elections must be respected.
“Pro-Shafīq voters trust he will be able to restore security,” said Bibāwī. [‘Ādil al-Darajlī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 26, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic
Acting patriarch Bishop Pachomius said he will punish any clergyman who is proved to have directed Copts to elect any of the presidential candidates, adding he would welcome anyone with evidence showing any of the clergymen’s involvement in this.
He declined to reveal the nature of punishments he would exact on church clerics. [Ahmad al-Sa’dāwī, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, May 26, p. 1] Read text in Arabic
The real winner in these presidential elections is not the one with the largest number of votes but rather the Egyptian people who made a new history. [Safwat al-Bayādī, al-Ahrām, May 26, p. 10] Read original text in Arabic