The Two-Way
8:17 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Egypt's Historic Voting Continues

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 1:27 pm

  • Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, on 'Morning Edition'
  • Merrit Kennedy on 'Morning Edition'

A quick update:

Day two of the voting in Egypt's first-ever free presidential election is underway. From Cairo, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports that while turnout early in the day was slightly lower than on Wednesday, officials expect the lines will build as the day continues.

And Soraya adds that, as she reported on Wednesday, it's "amazing how engaged everyone is. ... Everyone has been talking about the election ... and people are very happy about the freedom this election has brought them."

Results from this week's voting are expected by sometime next week — and it's likely there will be a runoff between the top two candidates in mid-June.

Also on Morning Edition today, Merrit Kennedy reported about what while the Muslim Brotherhood has strong grassroot support, the presidential election has given that group a challenge.

Some related headlines:

-- "Egypt Election, Day 2: Still Anyone's Game." (The Globe And Mail)

-- "Egypt Votes With Hope And Fear." (The Christian Science Monitor)

-- "Egypt's Historic Vote Heads Towards Conclusion." (CNN.com)

If you're looking for live blogging of the news from Egypt, check the websites of:

-- Al-Jazeera.

-- The BBC.

-- The Guardian.

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