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Egyptians vote in extended poll after low turnout

A woman shows her ink stained finger after casting her vote at a polling station in Egypt's northern coastal city of Alexandria on May 28, 2014Egyptians voted Wednesday in an extended presidential election seen as a plebiscite on the ex-army chief, after turnout fell below that in the poll won by the Islamist leader he ousted. The electoral commission said that over the scheduled two days of polling Monday and Tuesday just 37 percent of eligible voters cast ballots — well below the nearly 52 percent who voted in the 2012 election that brought Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi to power. The low turnout came despite a personal appeal from retired field marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who had been seeking vindication for his overthrow of Morsi, Egypt’s only freely elected president, after a single turbulent year in power. Sisi, who is expected to win in a landslide against his sole rival, leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, had urged “40, 45 (million) or even more” of Egypt’s 53 million eligible voters to turn out to give credibility to an election boycotted by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and influential secular groups.

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