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Brotherhood’s Mursi Gains in Egypt Presidential Poll, Ahram Says

The Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential hopeful jumped into third place in a weekly poll released days ahead of the Egyptian vote, while former Arab League Secretary General Amre Moussa saw his lead narrow.

Mohamed Mursi pushed past rival Islamist candidate Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, who dropped to fourth place according to the poll conducted by the Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies. Mursi secured the support of 14.8 percent of those surveyed, the state-run Al-Ahram said today, compared with Aboul-Fotouh’s 14.6 percent. The elections are slated to begin May 23.

In the previous week’s poll, Mursi had the backing of 9.4 percent of those surveyed. Aboul-Fotouh, who broke ranks with the Brotherhood, had so far consistently been in the top three. Moussa, who also served as foreign minister under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, saw his lead narrow to 31.7 percent for the period between May 14-17, from roughly 41 percent the previous week, according to the Ahram Center’s poll that surveyed 1,200 people and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafik, was still in second, with 22.6 percent of those surveyed citing him as their preferred choice for the presidency.

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