Egyptian voting to continue on Thursday

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Voting in Egypt’s presidential election continues later on Thursday as the country chooses its first leader following the overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak last year.

Two Mubarak-era candidates are in the running. Amr Moussa, head of the Arab League for ten years, served as foreign minister under the deposed president.

Ahmed Shafiq, a former military commander, was Mubarak’s final prime minister before the end of his three decade rule.

Shafiq has attacked Mohammed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which came out top in parliamentary elections.

He believes Egypt will have “enormous problems” if the Islamists win.

The Brotherhood’s original choice was disqualified.

Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh is a former member of the group but is running as an independent in the election.

But critics point out that it remains to be decided how much power the president will wield.