Egyptians broad vote in presidential elections

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Egyptians broad vote in presidential elections
In this photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, attends a conference commemorating the country's martyrs, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 15, 2018. Up for re-election in less than two weeks, Egypt's president on Thursday took center stage at a televised ceremony declaring his readiness to personally join the battle against militants and decorating soldiers and families of fallen ones. (Sherif Abdel Meniom/Egyptian Presidency via AP)

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egyptian expatriates around the world headed to polling stations to cast their ballots in the presidential election.

Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the election commission, said the turnout Friday appears to be “good” without elaborating. Overseas voting started Friday and ends Sunday.

Voting in Egypt takes place March 26-28. Ibrahim told reporters the commission received no complaints from any polling stations and the voting process went smoothly.

Egypt’s army chief-turned-President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to win re-election after a string of potential contenders withdrew from the race under pressure or were arrested. That left an obscure sole candidate, Moussa Mustafa Moussa, as the only rival. And he’s a supporter of el-Sissi’s government.