The candidate of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood won a spot in a runoff election, according to partial results Friday from Egypt's first genuinely competitive presidential election. A former prime minister and a leftist were in a tight race for second place and a chance to run against him to become the country's next leader.
The runoff will be held on June 16-17, pitting the two top contenders from the first round of voting held Wednesday and Thursday. The victor is to be announced June 21.
The landmark vote _ the fruit of last year's uprising that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak _ turned into a heated battle between Islamist candidates and secular figures rooted in Mubarak's old regime. The most polarizing figures in the race were the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi and former air force commander and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, a veteran of Mubarak's rule.
Morsy received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Engineering from Cairo University in 1975 and 1978. He got his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1982. He was an Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge from 1982 to 1985. In 1985 he went back to Egypt to teach at Zagazig University. His children were born in California and are U.S. citizens.
Mohammed Morsi, presidential candidate for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, is an uninspiring figure but he is backed by the best-organised political force in the country, now honing its strategy to secure what would be a historic victory in a second round of voting in June.
Morsi, 60, is an engineer who has taught in the US as well as at Egyptian universities. An expert on precision metal surfaces, he worked at Nasa on the development of space shuttle engines in the early 1980s.
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nope. he's a islamic fundamentalist bent on israel's destruction. In this video cleric campaigning for Muhammed Mursi calls for an Arab United States and million martyrs to march to Jerusalem to seize it as their capitol.