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Fri December 2, 2011
Egyptian Elections: 62 Percent Turnout
Results from the first round of voting in Egypt's parliamentary elections are being announced this hour. Already, according to al-Jazeera and other news outlets, there's word from the head of Egypt's Elections High commission that 62 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.
The Associated Press adds that Abdel-Mooaez Ibrahim called the number "the highest since the time of pharaohs."
Al-Jazeera says that many of the individual races will be going to runoffs because no one candidate got a majority of votes.
These are, of course, the first such elections since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak's regime earlier this year in the early stages of the Arab Spring.
We'll update with more as the results are announced. It's expected that Islamist religious parties collected the majority of votes and that the "long-banned Muslim Brotherhood" will play "a major role in the country's first freely elected parliament," The Associated Press reports.
Jadaliyya.com has a "Concise Idiot's Guide to the Egyptian Elections" posted here.