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Egypt Holds First Parliamentary Elections Since Mubarak's Ouster

ABC News(CAIRO) -- Egyptians are taking to the polls on Monday to vote in the first parliamentary elections since their longtime leader Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February.

The elections will be divided into three stages, the first of which will run until January.  The final stage is expected to wrap up by the end of March 2012.

Those casting their votes in Cairo Monday told ABC News they were very excited about doing so; two young women said they were so nervous they couldn't sleep.

The voting comes amid a renewed presence in Tahrir Square -- the epicenter of this year's anti-government uprising that led to Mubarak's ouster -- where protesters in recent days have been calling for the end of the country's interim military leadership.

Last week, in an effort to defuse the anger of the protesters, Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the military government, said he would move up presidential elections to June 2012 and would hold a referendum on having the military relinquish power immediately if necessary.  Currently, the transfer of power to civilian rule is scheduled for late 2012 or 2013.

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