CAIRO (AP) — Determined to end decades of authoritarian rule, millions of Egyptians on Wednesday waited patiently in long lines outside polling stations across the nation to freely chose their first president since last year's ouster of longtime ruler and close U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak.
"I can die in a matter of months, so I came for my
children, so they can live," a tearful Medhat Ibrahim, who suffers from
cancer, said as he waited to vote in a poor district south of Cairo.
want to live better, like human beings," said Ibrahim, a 58-year-old
government employee. "Now, I got my own back," he said after he voted.
candidates, who include Islamists, liberals and Mubarak regime figures,
are contesting the election. No outright winner is expected to emerge
from the two-day vote starting. So, a runoff between the two top
finishers will be held June 16-17. The winner will be announced on June
"It's a miracle," said Selwa Abdel-Malik, a 60-year-old
Christian from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria as she was
about to vote. "And it's a beautiful feeling too."