An Egyptian woman walks under a campaign banner in Cairo on Tuesday. Egypt holds its first competitive presidential election on Wednesday and Thursday, with a dozen candidates in the race. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Amr Moussa, a prominent figure during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak, is the front-runner as Egyptians prepare to vote for president next week. He is shown here during a campaign event on the outskirts of Cairo on Wednesday. Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh is welcomed by supporters upon his arrival at a meeting north of Cairo, on April 26. He was formerly a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, but was kicked out of the organization. Khalil Hamra/AP hide caption

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Amr Moussa, the front-runner in the Egyptian presidential race, speaks during a press conference in Cairo on Apr. 22. The country's election commission said Thursday that Moussa and 12 other candidates are eligible to compete in next month's election. Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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During a demonstration at Cairo's Tahrir Square last week, veiled Egyptian women hold posters supporting Muslim cleric Hazem Abu Ismail, an ultra-conservative preacher who was disqualified from running for the presidential elections on technical grounds. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Egyptian military police stand by as a protester holds a placard in support of Salafist presidential candidate Hazem Abu Ismail at a demonstration outside the High Presidential Election Committee building Tuesday in Cairo. Ismail and nine other candidates have been disqualified from the race. Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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