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'Massive' turnout in Egyptian elections

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Election officials wait for voters inside a polling station in Old Cairo on the second day of voting in Egypt's landmark parliamentary elections on Nov. 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

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A soldier directs women outside a polling station in Cairo on Nov. 29.

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A woman walks from a polling station guarded by soldiers in Old Cairo on Nov. 29.

The Associated Press reports from CAIRO:

The head of Egypt's election commission said turnout was "massive and unexpected" for the first elections since Hosni Mubarak's ouster, with millions participating peacefully in a spirit of hopefulness that surprised many after new protests broke out in the days leading up to the vote.

Long lines formed again Tuesday at polling centers around the capital Cairo and other cities on the second and final day of the first round of parliamentary elections.

"I am voting for this country's sake. We want a new beginning," said Zeinab Saad, 50, who brought her young daughter to a polling station in Cairo. "It's a great thing to feel like your vote matters." Read the full story.

See more images in our slideshow of the Egyptian elections and watch Richard Engel's report for NBC's Rock Center below.

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel reports from Egypt as the country's first free elections take place after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Engel talks to Amal Sharaf, a former school teacher, who helped galvanize protesters and organized an internet-linked network of young professionals that helped topple Mubarak. Sharaf, like a growing number of protesters, is calling for an end to the military rule of the country.