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Thursday 28 August 2014

Egyptians vote to elect president

Published 26/05/2014 | 07:42

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An Egyptian election worker guards boxes of ballots in Cairo (AP)

Egyptians are choosing a new leader in an election that comes nearly a year after the military ousted the nation's first freely elected president.

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Retired military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the man who removed Islamist Mohammed Morsi, is practically assured of a victory in the vote, which is being held over two days.

For the past 10 months Mr El-Sissi has been the most powerful figure in Egypt.

He is looking for a strong turnout to show the world that his removal of Mr Morsi was the will of the people.

The only other candidate in the race is leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third in the 2012 presidential election .

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