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Egypt starts two-day presidential election run-off

  • Egyptians are casting their votes in a two-day run-off election to choose their first freely elected president.

    Mohammed Mursi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, is vying for the post against Ahmed Shafiq, ousted President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister.

    As polls opened on Saturday, there was little sign of the enthusiasm seen in the first round; the build-up to this weekend's run-off has been dampened by a Supreme Constitutional Court decision that parliament must be dissolved.

    If the ruling is carried out, the new president could take office without a sitting parliament or constitution to define his powers or duties.

    Final results are due by June 21 but are expected to arrive much earlier. 

    The ruling generals have vowed to hand over power to the winner by 30 June.