A relative calm has reportedly returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square after four days of deadly violence.
At least ten people have been killed and hundreds more wounded in clashes between security troops and protesters demanding an end to military rule.
The unrest has cast a shadow over Egypt’s first free election in decades, with several countries condemning an excessive use of force. Overnight police dispersed demonstrators using live rounds, according to one witness.
The violence broke out just after the second stage of a six-week election for Egypt’s new parliament that starts the slow countdown to the army’s return to barracks. The military has pledged to hand power to an elected president by July.
The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties repressed during the 30-year Mubarak era have emerged as strong front-runners in the parliamentary bloc.