05/23/2012 11:10 am ET | Updated Jul 23, 2012

Egypt Presidential Elections 2012: Timeline Of Egypt After Mubarak

Nearly a year after the fall of dictator Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians cast their votes on Wednesday in the country's first free presidential elections. "We must prove that the times when we stayed at home and someone would choose for us are over," Islam Mohamed, a 27-year-old swimming coach, told Reuters.

It remains unclear who will lead the country after a year of tumultuous protests. Four frontrunners -- two Islamists and two former ministers who served under Mubarak -- are expected to dominate in the polls. Unless a candidate successfully wins more than half of the votes, the two top candidates will face off in a run-off election scheduled for June 16 and 17.

As Egypt preps for the first election results, HuffPost World takes a look at the events leading up to the historic vote.

Egypt Timeline