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Egypt votes for new leader
Egyptians voted in the second day of the presidential runoff to elect a leader Sunday amid allegations of illegal campaigning by both candidates.
Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has campaigned on a platform of returning Egypt to stability and law and order while Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi has promised economic and political reform.
The country was plunged into further political chaos Saturday when the Supreme Council of Armed Forces declared the Parliament null and void in accordance with a court ruling issued Thursday, Israel Radio said. The Muslim Brotherhood called the dissolution of Parliament a dangerous step and demanded a referendum on the issue, BBC said.
Soon after the polls opened Saturday, the presidential campaigns accused each other of vote-buying, illegal campaigning and rigging votes, Ahram Online reported. Presidential Electoral Commissioner Farouq Sultan confirmed both candidates had committed violations, the Egyptian Web site said.
Some 53 organizations are observing the election, including groups from the United States and South Africa, CNN said. Results are expected to be announced Thursday.
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