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Egyptians vote in historic presidential polls

  • Egyptians are casting their ballots in their first free presidential election since the start of the country's 5,000-year recorded history.

    Fifty million people are eligible to vote in the elections, which take place 15 months after Hosni Mubarak was ousted in the Arab Spring uprising.

    The election sees Islamists go up against secularists and revolutionaries against Mubarak’s regime.

    Voting began at 06:00 GMT.

    A run-off vote is scheduled for June 16 and 17 if an outright winner is not declared.

    Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was in power for three decades. He resigned on February 11, 2011 following 18 days of protests in Cairo and other cities.

    He is currently on trial for his alleged role in the deaths of protesters. A verdict is due on June 2.