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May 23, 2012 12:00 AM

One thing certain as Egyptians vote for president: The outcome will be a surprise

In poor Cairo neighborhoods, where residents might be expected to pick Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi, many instead said they’d voted for Ahmed Shafik, a former air force commander who was Mubarak’s last prime minister. Hamdeen Sabahi, who espouses the Arab nationalist philosophy of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, appeared to be the preferred candidate in some parts of the country. Reports of irregularities were few.

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