Jan 4 - Egyptians cast their ballots on the second day of the final round of parliamentary elections likely to be dominated by Islamist parties. Travis Brecher reports.
Egyptians line up to cast their ballots on Wednesday. It's the second day of the final round of a multi-stage parliamentary vote for the 498-seat assembly. Voters turned out in unprecedented numbers in the first two rounds, and parties ranging from hardline Islamists to liberals and secularists are competing hard for every vote. Here, women are turning up to vote in numbers outside the Asmaa Abu Bakr School in Qalyubiyah Governorate. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN VOTER, ELHAM RAMADAN, SAYING: "I feel that this election honoured us and we should consolidate to boost our life. This would rebuild Egypt." The Higher Judicial Elections Committee announced earlier that the parliament's first meeting will be held by the end of January - one year on from the start of the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. Travis Brecher, Reuters