Charlene Gubash
NBC News
May 11, 2012

People died to make Egypt’s first-ever presidential debate happen on Thursday, and Said Ibrahim kept the victims of the country’s revolution in mind as he watched them on TV.

“We are very happy to watch this, but it was the young people of the revolution who made it happen. People paid with their lives to make this possible,” the 44-year-old chef said. “In the end, I hope whoever wins will be the best.”

Reveling in their first chance to hear their presidential candidates go head to head, viewers gathered in living rooms and cafes across Egypt to watch the debate between the two presidential frontrunners. Amr Moussa, former head of the Arab League and former foreign minister, faced off against Abdul Moneim Abol Fotoh, a moderate Islamist and former Muslim Brotherhood member.

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