Egypt Turnout Hits 62 Percent

    CAIRO, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 29:  An election official (R) watches as an elderly man votes at a polling station in Old Cairo on the second day of voting on November 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.  Eleven months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak 45 million Egyptians are voting in the first round of six for it's upper and lower houses of parliament. The complicated process will take four months to conclude. Presidential elections are expected to be held in 2012.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    Hope it lasts the month. Turnout in the first round of parliamentary elections in Egypt reached 62 percent, though there’ll be two more rounds, lasting until the beginning of January. “This is the highest turnout in Egypt’s history since the time of the pharaohs,” said Abdel Moez Ibrahim, the head of the Elections High Commission. More than 13 million people voted Monday and Tuesday. Officials need more time to count the ballots, delaying formal results. But the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party is expected to haul in 40 percent of the vote, according to preliminary numbers, though it has turned down forming a majority with the ultraconservative Salafis, who took a surprising 25 percent.

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