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Egyptians vote for president

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 01:12

May 23 - Egyptians arrive early at voting booth to cast their vote for the first president since deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION Security tightens around Cairo, as Egyptians gather to vote for their president. This will be the first time they are picking their president. The election is wide open, pitting Islamists against men who served under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. The contest is a novelty for a nation where elections during the 30-year rule of a man some called "Pharaoh" were thinly attended rigmaroles in which the result was a foregone conclusion. This time Egypt's 50 million eligible voters are expected to turn out in force to determine who will lead the country after the generals, who have overseen a transition marred by violence, protests and political deadlock, formally hand over power by July 1. With none of the 12 candidates expected to secure more than half the votes to win outright in the first round on Wednesday and Thursday, a run-off between the top two is likely in June. But whoever wins faces a huge task to deliver changes that Egyptians expect to relieve a grim economic outlook. The military that was a pillar of Mubarak's rule is likely to remain a powerful political force for years.

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Egyptians vote for president

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 01:12