11 May 2012

Egypt broadcasts first live debate between presidential hopefuls

4:43 pm on 11 May 2012

Millions of Egyptians have been watching their country's first live television debate between presidential candidates.

It featured the two expected front-runners in the presidential vote later this month - former Arab League head Amr Moussa and moderate Islamist Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh, the BBC reports.

The first round of voting is on 23-24 May. If no-one has an absolute majority a run-off will be held in June.

As the debate, broadcast on two popular private TV networks, got under way, Amr Moussa attacked the record of his rival as a former leading member of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood.

Mr Aboul Fotouh, on the other hand, called the former foreign minister a remnant of the ousted regime.

Responding to the first question, Amr Moussa said he wanted Egypt to be a place where people felt safe.