A look at Egypt's main presidential candidates

  • An Egyptian holds a banner showing a half face portrait of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, left, and his former spy chief Omar Suleiman during a rally in Tahrir Square to denounce the presidential candidacies of Hosni Mubarak-era officials, including that of his former spy chief in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 13, 2012. Supporters of the country's most influential political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, along with ultraconservative Salafis and other Islamists packed the capital's Tahrir Square, which was the epicenter of the uprising that ousted Mubarak a year ago. Arabic text reads "We will protect our revolution". (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) Amr Nabil

    (CBS/AP) CAIRO - Egypt's ruling military council has urged voters to turn out and cast ballots in the country's first presidential elections after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

    The Monday statement came two days before more than 50 million Egyptians are to choose the first president after Mubarak's 2011 overthrow. The race is sharply divided between Islamist candidates and former regime officials who are largely campaigning on a secular platform.

    The military council said it has no preferred candidate in the race, an apparent response to fears that it may be backing one who can preserve its status as one of Egypt's main power brokers.

    The statement also urged Egyptians to accept the results of the elections, which it said will reflect the will of the people.

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    The following pages offer a look at the main candidates for the presidency.