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Key parliamentary vote kicks off in Egypt

(Xinhua)

18:53, November 28, 2011

Egyptian voters line up outside a polling center in Assuit, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

CAIRO, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egyptians went to the polls on Monday in the first phase of elections for the People's Assembly, the lower house of the parliament, the first since the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak in February.

The voting started at 8:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) in Cairo, Alexandria, Fayoum, Port Said, Damietta, Kafr El-Sheikh, Assiut, Luxor and the Red Sea, nine out of Egypt's 27 governorates.

Several hundred voters lined up outside many poll stations in Cairo for vote. The vote will last for two days in order to achieve a high turnout.

Three helicopters were seen hovering above Cairo to monitor the situation.

At a polling station near Cairo's Tahrir Square, voters queued up from inside the building to the street. Police and soldiers jointly worked to ensure the order.

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