EGYPT EXTENDS PRESIDENTIAL VOTE

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CAIRO: Egypt’s presidential election extended into a third day on Wednesday, reportedly due to low turnout in the first election since Islamist Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the retired field marshal who toppled Morsi, is expected to easily win, but his campaign had hoped for a large turnout as a decisive show of support. After reports of a meager numbers at the polling stations on Monday, Sisi’s backers and sympathetic media harangued people to go and vote as Islamists had urged a boycott. Electoral commission chief Abdel Aziz Salman put the turnout by the end of the second day at about 37 percent of the 53 million electorate, the official MENA news agency reported. That is well below the almost 52 percent who voted in the 2012 election won by Morsi. As polling closed on Tuesday, Sisi’s sole rival, the leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi, slammed the ballot extension, saying it raised “questions… about the integrity of the process”.

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