Egypt votes in first post-Mubarak elections

CAIRO – Queues have formed at many polling stations as Egyptians voted in the first elections since former President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February, the BBC said. Polling started late in some places because of administrative problems, but officials have now extended voting hours there to midnight local time. At the same time, Cairo’s Tahrir Square was still occupied by protesters who want the poll to be postponed. The head of the ruling military council has said Egypt is “at a crossroads”. “Either we succeed – politically, economically and socially – or the consequences will be extremely grave and we will not allow that,” Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi said in a statement on Sunday. The last nine days has seen a revival of the protest movement which forced Mubarak from office, with hundreds gathered at its hub, in Tahrir Square.

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