Clashes in Cairo have left at least three people dead and more than 250 injured, after protesters took to the streets demanding the end of military rule in Egypt.
Friday saw the worst violence since the start of the country’s first free elections in 60 years.
Soldiers have been fighting against the demonstrators who threw rocks and petrol bombs government buildings in the Egyptian capital. The ruling military council denies troops fired at the 10,000 protesters.
The long and complicated ballot which started at the end of November, will continue until 10 January, with voting happening in three stages. Voters will choose members for the People’s Assembly, which is the lower house of parliament, and the upper house, known as the Shura.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party is in the lead, according to initial results.