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    Egypt Calm Awaiting Election Results

    Manu Brabo / AP Photo

    For the first time in weeks, Cairo's Tahrir Square was peaceful on Wednesday as Egyptians awaited the results of parliamentary elections, the first since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February. Citizens voted on Monday and Tuesday for members of the lower house of Parliament, which will be responsible for drafting a new constitution. Clashes broke out in Tahrir Square Tuesday night amid reports of illegal campaigning, but all was calm by Wednesday afternoon. While the Muslim Brotherhood and the Al Noor Salafi Muslim Party claimed a majority of votes, official results aren’t expected until Thursday at the earliest.

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