By WGBH News
Nov. 29, 2011
BOSTON — Egypt’s year of unrest gave rise to parliamentary elections on Monday, Nov. 28 — the first since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February. The huge lines trailing out of polling stations throughout the day, in an atmosphere described as largely peaceful and celebratory, were evidence that most Egyptians felt it was the first time in their lives that their vote actually mattered.
In particular, women voters hoped the elections would result in a separation between church and state, and change the cultural attitudes of oppression.
Though the nation seemed on the whole optimistic, some naysayers were wary of just how much Egypt could re-establish itself in the 10 months since the Arab Spring began to unfold.
Overall enthusiasm remained high on the second day of voting. According to international observers, so many people continued to arrive that some polling centers ran out of ink to mark their fingers.
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