June 16 - Egyptians head to landmark presidential polls to choose next leader between Islamist canadidate and former Mubarak-era prime minister. Jessica Gray reports.
Egyptians are set to choose their next president in historic polls that opened Saturday. The elections pit Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy against Ahmed Shafik, a former prime minister under Hosni Mubarak. Some, including former candidate and Arab League head Amr Moussa, are hopeful that the elections will unite Egyptians. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ARAB LEAGUE HEAD AND FOREIGN MINISTER, AMR MOUSSA SAYING: "The foundation and most important thing in this process is democracy, that is what we want to see succeed. We want stability in the country, therefore we should all vote and we should vote for whom ever we think will bring stability." Others say the landmark polls must do more than that, particularly for the country's millions of poor. This man says he is voting for Morsy, in hopes an Islamist leader will help him feed his family despite meager earnings. Last year, Egyptians joined together to oust Mubarak's government, but have suffered during a rocky transition period under military rule. And things may remain troubled now that parliament has been dissolved, leaving the military in control of the constitution and what powers the president will take on when elected. Jessica Gray, Reuters