The Egyptian Presidential Candidates on Social Media

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Ahmed Shafik and Mohamed Morsi are two presidential candidates who have claimed victory in Egypt's election, the results of which are expected Thursday. The process has been muddled by allegations of fraud and Constitutional Court rulings which consolidated power in the hands of the military, which has been ruling the country since the ouster of ex-President Hosnai Mubarak.

While officials sort out last week's voting, both candidates have been making their case on Facebook and Twitter, as social media and the Internet have long been a hotbed of political activity in Egypt.

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Ahmed Shafik


Shafik, Mubarak's former prime minister who's considered the standard-bearer of the old guard, has more than 200,000 "likes" on Facebook and 17,725 followers on Twitter. His campaign uses both accounts to post Arabic-language content about the campaign.

Shafik's most recent tweets have urged Egyptians to go to the polls to "protect the Egyptian civil state" and labeled the opposition Muslim Brotherhood organization as "liars," per a Google translation.

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Likewise, Shafik's Facebook page is used to post pictures of the candidate as well as voting results that his campaign argues show a clear victory for their candidate.


Mohamed Morsi


Morsi, the choice of the Islamist opposition group Muslim Brotherhood, has more than 52,000 "likes" on Facebook and about the same number of Twitter followers.

Morsi's been posting photos and videos to his Facebook page, while claiming to be the "the first elected president after the glorious revolution of January 25." Over on his Twitter account, Morsi's campaign has sent links to voting results that seem to indicate that he, not Shafik, is the true winner of the disputed elections. Most of his tweets are links to content posted on his Facebook page.

Do Egypt's candidates' social profiles remind you of those in your own country? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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