Egyptians voted for a new President today (Thursday) in a low-key election obviously overshadowed by memories of the late Abdel Gamal Nasser.
Egyptians voted for a new President today (Thursday) in a low-key election obviously overshadowed by memories of the late Abdel Gamal Nasser. The "yes-no" referendum was for 51-year-old Mr Anwar Sadat, one of Nasser's old army colleagues, and was expected to provide substantial popular support for the man chosen by Egypt's ruling circles as leader.
Final results from outlying areas were expected by Friday morning when the results of the plebiscite will be announced.
The election comes during the 40 days of mourning decreed following the death of President Nasser. In a series of pre-election meetings, Mr Sadat has pledged to follow the late President's main lines of foreign policy.
The referendum leaves uncertain, however, the choice for other high posts including Prime Minister. One possible candidate is Mr Sharawi Gomma, who was interviewed on his prospects at a polling booth.