In Egypt, a ‘Real Street Fight’ as Parties Try to Win the Upper Hand

BY Larisa Epatko  December 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM EDT

Egypt’s top two Islamist parties — the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists — are squaring off in runoff elections this week. “Now we have a real street fight in the precincts,” says Charles Sennott, executive editor of GlobalPost. “Who puts people on the street can win that election.”

Sennott has been reporting in Egypt for the NewsHour and Frontline and is making a return visit next week to gauge Egyptians’ reactions to their historic transition to democracy. He sat down with Hari Sreenivasan this week to talk about his plans.

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NPR aired a report on the two leading Islamist blocs duking it out in the runoff.

The New York Times has a map of the three phases of voting in Egypt’s parliamentary elections.

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