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Egypt’s second day of voting sees lower turnout


 

The Guardian is blogging Egypt’s first-ever presidential election live. With a note that if your name is Mohammed it might take you a little while to find your name on the voting list, the second day of voting has gone by in relative calm.

A small case of violence in Cairo can be seen here, wherein former Prime Minister and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq beats a rapid retreat from an angry crowd, some wielding shoes.

Thirteen candidates are seeking to fill Egypt’s top political post, 15 months after the government of former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled.

From Al Jazeera:

Sherine Tadros, reporting from Heliopolis, a suburb of the capital, Cairo, said “voter turnout [is] nothing like it was on day one, we are not seeing long lines so far today.”
She added: “It is a national public holiday so I expect that throughout the course of the day when perhaps the sun goes down and it gets a bit cooler people will turn up.”


 
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