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Egyptian expatriates vote in presidential poll

By AP - May 15,2014 - Last updated at May 15,2014

CAIRO — Egyptian expatriates began lining up Thursday at polling places in more than 100 countries to cast ballots in four days of voting for Egypt’s coming presidential election.

Egyptians dropped their votes into clear ballot boxes at consulates and embassies across the world, with Gulf countries and Australia seeing a relatively high turnout, Egypt’s foreign ministry said. In Jordan, a crowd waved the Egyptian flag and cheered the vote.

The voting comes ahead of Egypt’s May 26-27 vote to elect a new president after last year’s military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president. Retired Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, who led the July 3 overthrow after millions protested against Morsi, is widely expected to win on a wave of nationalistic, anti-Islamist fervour.

Sisi faces leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, who has the support of youth groups who led the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

There are nearly 600,000 registered Egyptian expatriate voters around the world. Arab countries, especially the Gulf monarchies and the United States, have large presence of Egyptian expatriates.

Morsi’s supporters, including his Muslim Brotherhood, say they’ll boycott the vote.

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