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dateline: 26 June 2012

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Egypt Celebrates First Freely Elected President

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • former: at a previous time
  • cabinet: a group of advisors appointed by a leader
  • sceptic: a person who has trouble believing in something
  • resolve: to no longer be a problem

Egypt Celebrates First Freely Elected President

After a historic presidential vote in Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been as Egypt’s president. The former political defeated ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, winning 51% of the votes. Thousands of people gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to celebrate the results. Morsi is now working on putting together a cabinet, which he promised will include “all the .” Sceptics fear that Brotherhood members will put all of their effort into turning Egypt into an republic. These fears may be resolved if Morsi chooses a prime minster outside of the .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why will this election “go down in history”?
  2. What group does the president-elect belong to?
  3. Why are some people worried about Egypt’s future with Morsi as leader?

Discussion Question: What do you think would have happened in Egypt if President Mubarak’s previous prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, had been elected as president instead of Morsi?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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