This is likely to bring Mohamed Mursi to run-off elections scheduled for June 16-17 but leaves the question wide open as to whether he will win.
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Egyptians voted Wednesday and Thursday to choose their first president after last year's popular uprising that ousted ruler Hosni Mubarak.
Mursi voting (Photo: AFP)
Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq (Photo: Reuters)
Contending for second place are Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, moderate Islamist Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh and leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, who marked a surprise last-minute surge.
Ballots from 18 of Egypt's 27 governorates had been counted by mid-morning on Friday.
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