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Egyptians are casting ballots for the first post-Mubarak parliamentary contests in a long awaited moment for Egypt’s revolutionary movement. Voters turned out in large numbers to vote for their candidates and proceedings went largely without incident with women and Coptic Christians reportedly arriving at polling stations in large numbers. This is the first of two rounds in determining the composition of Egypt’s lower house of parliament. In total, 168 of 498 deputies seats are being contested with Egypt’s most populous metropolitan areas voting first. Meanwhile, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the leader of Egypt’s governing Supreme Council of the Armed Forces repeated his claim that the unrest in Tahrir Square and throughout the country was because of foreign influence.

 

[Al Jazeera]