With Election Day less than a week away, U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have both intensified their campaigning efforts in the 2012 election’s key battleground states.
Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi was officially declared Egypt’s first freely elected president on Sunday after a run-off vote against ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq. Morsi supporters erupted in celebration following his victory, while the grief of Shafik supporters settled hard on a nation no stranger to revolutionary results in recent years.
Today’s presidential election in Egypt is one of happiness and uncertainty for the Egyptian people who will freely cast their vote, in what some are calling the first day in the post-pharaoh era. The journey to the polls has been rife with violence since the February 11, 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s autocratic leader for that past 30 years. One of the 13 candidates on the ballot will assume power on July 1 from the military council, which has been overseeing the tumultuous political transition thus far.
The following photo series traces back to the beginning of the political uprising and ends with today’s new beginning set in motion by 50 million eligible Egyptian voters.