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Egypt run-off faces boycott

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 01:13

June 14 - Egyptian activists launch an online campaign calling for a boycott of the presidential run-off. Sarah Charlton reports.

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Egyptians are due go to the polls on Saturday and Sunday in the second round of presidential elections. A former prime minister and a Muslim Brotherhood candidate are both vying for the job. But liberal campaigners say the contenders offer few choices - and they're pushing for a boycott. SOUNDBITE: AMR, ELECTION BOYCOTT CAMPAIGNER, SAYING (Arabic): "If the law is not implemented we will boycott, because we will be faced with two choices: a choice to follow racism, or a choice to follow colonialism which will keep Egypt poor and under a new form of colonialism." The web is being used to push the campaign message - with online groups urging, quote, "no to any election under military rule". Tarek Shalaby says people should mobilise to reject an election he claims is rigged. SOUNDBITE: TAREK SHALABY, ELECTION BOYCOTT CAMPAIGNER, SAYING (English): "They make these elections customised specifically for them, so that the result that comes out, whatever it is and whoever it is, works perfectly for them and that's why what we need to do is reject these elections." As Egypt's bumpy political transition continues, liberal activists say the revolution is far from over. Sarah Charlton, Reuters

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Egypt run-off faces boycott

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 01:13