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Egyptians Slow To Vote On Extra Day Aimed At Boosting Turnout

ByREUTERS
May 28, 2014 12:59

CAIRO - Egyptians were initially slow to vote on a hastily added third day of a presidential election on Wednesday after lower-than-expected turnout threatened to damage the credibility of the man widely forecast to win, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.


An early tour of Cairo polling stations suggested authorities would again struggle to get more people to cast their ballots. The same pattern emerged in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, Reuters reporters said.

For Sisi, who toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year after mass protests against his rule, the stakes are high.

Poor backing in the election in his deeply divided country would mean Sisi's legitimacy as head of state of the Arab world's most populous nation would be harmed at home and abroad.

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