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Egypt Presidential Election Starts May 23

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A Cairo University student waves the Egyptian flag during a demonstration against the military rule at the university campus in the Egyptian capital on February 11, 2012. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty Images

CAIRO, Feb 29 (Reuters) - Egypt's presidential election will be held over two days starting May 23, the state election committee said on Wednesday, as the country's military rulers prepare to hand power to civilians after last year's overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

A run-off vote will take place on June 16 and 17 and final results will be released on June 21, the committee's head Farouk Soltan told reporters.

The military has faced street protests and widespread demands that it hand power to civilians sooner than the end-June deadline that it had set itself. (Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Writing by Tom Pfeiffer)


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