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Demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square have clashed with security forces in a second day of unrest in which at least nine people have been killed and more than 300 injured.

The violence follows a second round of voting in the first free elections most Egyptians have known.

Protesters are demanding a quicker transfer of power from the army who took over after the toppling of Hosni Mubarak.

But many Egyptians back the military as a necessary force for stability in the transition to democracy.

The country’s newly-appointed Prime Minister, Kamal el-Ganzouri, condemned the unrest.

“I’m calling for all political powers to protect Egypt,” he said. “What’s happening today is not part of the revolution but against the revolution.”

Among those killed on Friday was Islamic cleric, Emad Effat. Thousands turned out for his funeral.

The bloodshed follows unrest in which 42 people were killed in a week before a phased parliamentary poll began on November 28.

Islamist parties have emerged from that as the strongest political force.