Egyptians have headed to the polls to elect a new president with ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi widely expected to win.
Former Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted the elected Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi, is widely expected to win.
Sisi, 59, appeals to Egyptians who crave stability after years of political upheaval and anything else than an easy win for him would be a source of astonishment, he adds.
The two-day election caps more than three years of political turmoil that has seen two presidents ousted following mass protests, thousands killed in clashes and militant attacks, and an economy left in tatters.
Sissi says that if he wins the election, Morsi\’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood has no future in Egypt. The Brotherhood was Egypt\’s most powerful political force until Sissi and the Egyptian army removed Morsi from office last year.
Sissi retired from the military in March to launch his candidacy.
Until Morsi, all of Egypt\’s previous presidents had come from military ranks. Sissi has said the army will "not have a role in ruling Egypt."
Sissi\’s sole competition is Hamdeen Sabahi, a leftist politician who finished third in the 2012 election that brought Morsi to power.
Egypt\’s interim authorities have since clamped down hard on Morsi\’s Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, declaring it a "terrorist organisation".
More than 1,400 people have been killed and 16,000 arrested, including the Brotherhood\’s senior leaders.