Egypt witnesses huge voter turnout


Egyptians at a polling station on Monday, November 28, 2011.
Egyptian officials say the country’s polling time has been extended by two hours due to the “stunning” voter turnout in parliamentary elections, Press TV reports.

As voters went to cast their ballots at polling stations on Monday, some peaceful protests were held amid tight security.

The vote is the country’s first since the ouster of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in February, which ended his 30-year rule.

According to recent reports, the Muslim Brotherhood which was banned under Mubarak’s rule as well as its allies are expected to do well in the general elections.

Egypt has about 40 million eligible voters. The vote is seen as the first step to push the military rulers to transfer power to a civilian government.

Egyptian police have harshly cracked down on protesters that persistently demand the ouster of the military rulers.

Some 47 people have reportedly been killed during the recent violent clashes between security forces and protesters leading up to the elections.

Egyptian protesters are now further enraged by the junta’s decision to elect Kamal el-Ganzouri to form a transitional government, and condemned the pick of a former Mubarak associate as “illegitimate.”

Public anger has risen over the inaction of the ruling generals to implement promised reforms. Protesters accuse the junta of foot dragging in order to stay in power.

( / 28.11.2011)

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