Egypt’s first presidential race since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster had a rocky start as Islamists and one of the former regime’s most powerful figures readied for an electoral battle and questions were raised over candidates’ legitimacy.
The speakers who took to the stage last month to praise Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Fotouh at the start of his Egyptian presidential campaign were a diverse bunch, including a Christian politician, a female movie star and a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood. More recently, he won backing from an ultraconservative Salafi group.
Ashraf Fouad has stuffed 30,000 Egyptian pounds ($4,300) in a wall safe in his Cairo apartment. Across town, Niven Mankarious has been stocking up on chicken, cheese and other food to last her family a month.