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In pictures: Egypt votes
After 16 months of military rule, Egyptians head to the polls to elect a president.
Egyptians hold posters showing activists who were killed during clashes following the January 25 revolution in Cairo. Nearly a year and a half after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, millions of Egyptians lined up for hours outside polling stations to vote in the first of the two-day presidential election.
Al Jazeera Staff
Published On 23 May 2012
23 May 2012
Egyptian men wait outside a polling center with Arabic writing on the outside that reads "down with military rule" in Imbaba neighborhood in Cairo. There are some fifty million Egyptians eligible to cast ballots over the next two days.
A self-proclaimed independent volunteer helps voters to locate the appropriate polling centre in Maadi, a southern suburb of Cairo. Not all voters possess the technological capability to locate their correct polling centre.
Women stand in a queue as they wait to cast their votes in the first round of the presidential elections in Alexandria. If no candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote, there will be a runoff on June 16 and 17.
An Egyptian military soldier tries to organise voters inside a voting station in Cairo. Both police officers and soldiers are providing security for the election, though judges make decisions inside the polling centres. So far, few incidents have been reported.
Candidate Amr Moussa, the former Secretary-General of the Arab League, stands in line to cast his vote in Cairo.
An Egyptian woman looks at her ballot before making her choice. There are 13 candidates to choose from in the first round of the elections.
A woman in Alexandria holds up her ink-marked hand to show that she voted.
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi goes to cast his ballot in Zakazik.
Egyptian voters wait in long queues in Maadi, a southern suburb of Cairo. Early indications predict that voter turnout will top 60 per cent.