Long lines to vote in landmark Egyptian parliamentary elections

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — The first results aren't expected until Wednesday from today's balloting in Egypt, where voters have been waiting in long lines for the first parliamentary elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptians are hoping it's a big step toward democracy after decades of dictatorship. The election violence that was feared hasn't materialized.

Some voters brought their children along, saying they want them to learn how to exercise their rights in a democracy.

As hundreds of restless women waited at one polling center in Cairo, an army officer yelled, "If you have waited for 30 years, can't you wait now for another hour?"

One one level, the election will be a strong indicator of whether Egypt is headed toward Islamism or secularism. Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, are expected to dominate. Many leftists, Christians and others went to the polls to try to at least reduce their victory.

Some voters are questioning whether Egypt can set off on a path of democracy while it is still under military rule. Major protests have erupted in Cairo and elsewhere in recent days, demanding that the ruling generals hand power immediately to a civilian authority.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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