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Egypt Counts The Votes

8 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Votes are being counted in Egypt after the country's first contested presidential elections.

Electoral officials say results won't be known until 10 September.

Independent monitors reported a series of irregularities at polling stations on 7 September, complaining they had been beaten, apprehended, and interrogated by security services in several places.

Incumbent President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for the past 24 years, is widely expected to beat out his nine challengers.

Critics of the election say it does not make any real progress toward democracy.

(Compiled from agency reports)