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Egyptians vote in first democratic presidential election

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Egyptian voters line up to cast ballots in Basateen, a southern suburb of Cairo, on May 23, 2012, the first of two days of presidential voting after 16 months of interim rule by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces.

Suhaib Salem / Reuters

A policeman hangs a list of voters' names outside a polling station in Cairo.

Ian Johnston, msnbc.com reports — A dying man came "for my children," a college student said he finally felt "like a citizen of this country," and an undecided voter was just happy to take part in "a historic" moment.

Ahmed Youssef / EPA

18 days of popular protest culminated in the downfall of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, 2011.

Egyptians turned out in droves Wednesday to take part in the country's first-ever democratic election of its leader.

Fifteen months after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring uprising, BBC News reported lines began growing at many polling stations shortly after they opened at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).  Read the full story.

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Pete Muller / AP

Voters argue with a soldier as they wait to cast ballots in Basateen a southern suburb of Cairo.

Pete Muller / AP

Ahmed Maher, a co-founder of the April 6 Revolutionary Movement, waits in line to vote at a polling center in Maadi, a southern suburb of Cairo. The April 6 Movement was one of the leading youth protest movements during the uprising against former President Honsi Mubarak last year.

Suhaib Salem / Reuters

A woman is assisted outside a polling station in Cairo.

Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Women cast their votes at a polling station in Cairo.