Landmark Egyptian elections enter second day

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Egyptians turned out on Tuesday for the second day of voting in the country’s landmark parliamentary elections.

Polls under deposed president Hosni Mubarak were marred by allegations of widespread fraud.

This vote to choose a new lower house of parliament will be staggered over six weeks.

It is being viewed as the first real test of Egypt’s transition to democracy following a week of clashes that claimed 42 lives.

Officials said yesterday’s voting was carried out peacefully with turnout high, especially amongst women.

The final results will be known on January 13th.

Elections for Egypt’s upper house begin shortly afterwards.

The country’s military rulers says they will transfer power to an elected president by the end of June.

But protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square want a speedier handover.