Lebanon News

Egyptians cast their votes in Lebanon

An Egyptian man who lives in Lebanon casts his ballot for his country's presidential election as he holds his son at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT: Around 1000 Egyptians cast their votes on Sunday to choose their country's next president, while another 100 had problems with their documents and could not cast their ballots, said the Egyptian Embassy in Lebanon .

The Egyptian embassy statement said that only voters with passports or national ID cards were illegible to vote a per the instructions issued by Egypt's Elections Committee.

So far 3,593 Egyptians residing in Lebanon voted, the embassy said in a statement .

Egypt's former Army Commander Field Marshall Abdel-fattah al-Sisi and leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi are running to replace ousted President Mohammad Morsi.

In a second statement issued later on Sunday, the embassy announced it will freeze all consular work on Monday, to allow Egyptians residing in Lebanon to vote.

"The turnout of overseas voters exceeded all expectations thanks to facilities provided by the Higher Elections Committee for Overseas Voting," said the statement.





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