This weekend, a runoff election will determine which of two candidates will become the first-ever freely elected President of Egypt: Mohammed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, or Ahmed Shafik, who was the last Prime Minister under Hosni Mubarak’s regime. In the current issue, Peter Hessler writes about the campaign that brought these controversial candidates to the fore, and what the vote means for the future of this country that has been roiled by the revolutions of the Arab Spring.
To capture Egypt’s election season, we sent the veteran photographer Alex Majoli to Cairo. Majoli takes a long view, having covered every major global conflict and revolution since the early nineties. Click-through for a slideshow of images capturing his portrait of one country’s preamble to democracy: http://nyr.kr/Lt56yx