An Egyptian woman registers prior to vote at a polling station on the second day of Egypt's presidential election in the capital Cairo on May 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI
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Egypt's presidential election was extended by a day on Tuesday in an effort to boost lower than expected turnout that threatened to undermine the credibility of the frontrunner, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.After Sisi called for record voter participation, low turnout would be seen at home and abroad as an immediate setback for the field marshal who toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi.The two-day vote was originally due to conclude on Tuesday at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT) but was extended until Wednesday, state media quoted an official in the body overseeing the election as saying. Sisi faces only one challenger in the election: the leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, who came third in a 2012 vote won by Mursi and was seen as a long-shot in the race against an army man who became popular after ending Mursi's divisive year in office.Sisi's challenger Sabahi came third in the 2012 election won by Mursi.Mursi won more than 13 million votes, or 26 percent of the electorate, in 2012 in a vote where turnout was 52 percent.
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