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. hello. this is bbc world news. our top stories. governments across europe acknowledge calls for reform after antiestablishment parties triumph in parliamentary elections. results show a clear message which is people are deeply disa allusioned with the european union the way it's working for britain. they want change. talks between ukraine and russia after the typhoon stands for triumph in the election.
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pope francis visits the holy sites for muslims and jews in the city on the final day of his middle east talks. hello there. welcome. so the european parliamentary elections is the big story of the day. let me show you preliminary results. they say the people's party in light blue is set to win 212 out of 751 seats. that would make it the biggest group. it would have 59 seats fewer than before. one of the stories of the night, the gray area. this is the surge in so called others.
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there's set to be about 100 mep's in that group. let's look more closely at countries voting. this is france where national front storms to victory gaining up 19% on their previous election of votes shared to take 25% of the votes. socialists, slight decline by 2%. miserable result coming in third with 15%. now standing ovation from supporters, won over disillusion supporters with a message blaming bureaucracy, high i prices, the global climbing influence. let's show you the picture in britain. preliminary results shows the party up 11%, 27% of the vote. they were followed by the
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conservatives and labor slugging it out for second place. now to germany. merkel won another election. 35% for her union. the asd managed 7%. in greece, they suggest a win for the far left. look at them up 22% to take the vote 26%. the far right party were up 10% and scored 10% of the vote. putting together all these numbers and giving you a flavor of what happened europe wide over the night, here's our correspondent ben. >> victory for the nationalal, one in four votes cast in frances went to the immigrant antieuro far right party. a huge jump in support. the party's leader said the people had spoken loudly and wanted to be masters of their
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own destiny. it was a vote against the unpopular socialist president. it was a vote against the effect of eu membership too, particularly immigration. the danish people's party came first in denmark too on a promise of taking powers back from brussels. when they next meet him, more than ever will be fierce critics of the parliament. the main stream sent a rise in left parties that will still have a majority. antieurope mep's will be an annoy ens. they don't just come from the right. on the left, the party topped the poll. it won by opposing the cuts. the far right came third winning mep's for the first time. spain is struggling with
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spending cuts and high unemployment too. there a brand new left wing party managed to pick up four by harnessing anger toward the eu plan. there's been a backlash against europe and immigration. it's the front national victory in france that define this election. bbc news brussels. >> well germany appears to have bumped the trend. angela merkel's democratic party is pulling this the votes. we'll find out what happened in spain from our correspondent. >> the significant results here in germany is the rise of a eurosceptic party alternative for germany. they didn't exist in the last
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election. it was zero. this time they have 7% of the vote which gives them six or seven seats in the parliament. this malters because it are will make chancellor merkel think hard about what powers should move from berlin, brussels or the other way around. it may also make her much more prone toward david cameron as he comes knocking on her door s saying we need to rethink this project. not a political earthquake here in germany, but tremors to make merkel think. the party was formed four months ago. the leader a university profe
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profess professor. politics are on the left. they have a message about the way europe has been run. >> what's your message? >> translator: the main message i want to send to europe is we don't want to be a german colony. we don't want our young to serve beers to rich of northern europe. we don't want to provide cheap labor. we don't want to hand over our country's industry. we want dignity and a future. >> reporter: is it a protest movement or does it show there is political dissatisfaction here in spain and particularly with the way europe is being run? the end of the popular party and control and dominance of spanish politics. bbc news in madrid. >> well, all this upheaval
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inside european politics will manifest itself when mep's take their seats in the parliament in brussels in the chamber. my colleague is there for us already. over to you. >> reporter: thank you very much. the question will be whether the antis, insurgents change the way the politics are run here. they're changing the numbers. we get the results tallying up behind me. the biggest are center right and center left. we've heard this already, the claims for candidates to get the most prestigious post of all, president of the european commission. how much will it change? let's bring in the center for european politic studies. what can they do here? >> they have to stick together. reality they make speeches to
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home audience and nothing much happens at the european parliament. real influence is at the national level. how can the president deal with it at home. these are questions that may transform the eu but not voting power at the parliament. that's always the big issue in europe. the secondary to national issues. i suppose the reasons are they're so desperate. look at the people's party in denmark. there's not a single program there is there is this. >> it's difficult. if you're against things are run, sometimes left, sometimes right, sometimes for against something and against something else. that's why they don't stick together. they express something which is that people don't like the way eu is run. there's no clear alternative.
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that's the biggest problem. >> now what has been said today is perhaps it's time to think about giving powers from brussels to national states. you broke into a a broad grin. why? >> that's always easy to say. when you think about it, getting 27 members to agree unanimously to transfer them to brussels because there was a reason to do so. now you want 28 countries to agree to send them back. that's realistic? >> you're an expert. they're not giving any powers back? >> european parliament would do it but then half the states wouldn't agree. there's no prospect real powers would be transferred back. it's on the national level things have to be better. >> that's a dose of realism for you. yes, it has been the night for insurgents, anti, skeptics.
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that may change politics in a number of the states. may not change a huge amount about the way this place is run. >> we'll wait to see. thank you for now. plenty more m coming up on our top story, the european parliamentary election results. first, other headlines around the world. oscar pistorius has arrived at a hospital in pretoria to start a 30 day psychiatric assess m. the judge in his murder trial ordered the olympian to have psychiatric tests. his attorney said he had an anxiety disorder. he denies murder. president barack obama has made a surprise visit to troops in afghanistan. he addressed the american soldiers with a plan to withdraw forces by the end of the year. the visit came a day before memorial day where americans
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honor those that died in service. modi will be sworn in today as the country's new prime minister in the historic move. the pakistani leader will attend the inauguration. the two leaders are expected to hold talks tuesday. modi led the bjp to a landslide victory in the latest election. now the confection billi billionaire has won the election. he promises to restore the country. moscow is ready for a direct dialogue with mr. poroshenko. lavrov warned it refuses operations against pro russians in the east of the country which would be a colossal mistake.
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he got more than 50% in the first round to avoid a runoff. now the noisest coming out suggesting he may be the unified candidate. >> moscow has been swift to say they're ready for talks with poroshenko and his team. even quite significantly the former ukrainian president viktor yanukovych who insists he's still the legitimate president of ukraine. he says he too will respect the outcome of the ukrainian election that the difficult time for the country. for that, it effectively puts end to discussion about whether or not he could have a claim on the presidency and reinforces the fact that petro poroshenko
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will be the new man. they want to start a new chapter. >> does this look like the beginning of the end of the crisis? >> it's not the end of the crisis yet. for regions that didn't vote where rebels are in control. there's been more trouble at donetsk airport. where they're declaring they're a republic, they haven't been recognized by russia. every time russia talk t temperaturthe -- talks about this, they always say they have reservations about this military operation in the east. that should end. what is interesting is they're swift to say they want talks on equal terms, direct talks with the new team in kiev. it seems moscow at this point doesn't want to escalate the tension further.
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this is bbc world news. this is the latest headlines now. questions for ruling party across europe after a night for antiestablishment parties in the election for the european parole amount. the typhoon petro poroshenko is set for a clear victory. he says he wants to end chaos in the country and hopes to meet russian leaders too. now pope francis visited the national holocaust memorial on the third and final day of his
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middle east talks. netanyahu welcomed the visit. he visited the most important sites in jerusalem, the al-aqsa mosque. now we're in jerusalem. it's been a historic visit hasn't it? >> reporter: it has. it's a short visit, three days long, tour of the middle east, the pope is making. one with many layers of significance. what we've seen earlier in the day is the message of interreligious dialogue he's pushing. he went behind me to the old city of jerusalem and visited the two most important sites, the al-aqsa mosque and compound. he also said a prayer there. this is most important for jews. he delivered a message, calling on all religions to look at each
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other as brothers and sistered. he denounced the idea of violence saying this should never be committed in the name of god. there's a political aspect of this visit. he's been making political calls through the day. he's been meeting the president peres. of course the surprise announcement was the calling of the palestinian president abbas and israeli president. they're expected to come together a month after peace talks between israel and palestinians broke down. there's been a aspect to the visit about church unity. he's been calling for relations between the catholic and orthodox church which have been separated in history. i spoke to someone and asked
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about the significance of this trip as he sees it. >> this trip has an opportunity for thanksgiving for what's happened over 50 years. 50 years ago it would have been unthinkable for an arch and pope to meet. there was a fairly size mick moment in the history of the two churches. it had important impact and ripple effect on relations between catholics on all levels. thee logical level, grass roots level where pride in 1964 we would not have marriages between the two groups. orthodox would not recognize the roman catholic church and vice versa. these 50 years have seen extraordinary movement towards
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more biological existence between the two churches on all lels. i think it's the beginning of an even greater impotence towards unity. >> reporter: to bring you up to date with what the pope is up to, winding up his visit at moment. he's talking about shimon peres as a man of peace. we expect him to return to the vatican where he'll be receiving the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu coming to talk to him. this pope really believes in the culture of the encounter. we've seen that very much on this trip. >> thanks very much. voting is underway in egypt in the first of two days. presidential elections there. one first to cast ballots is the
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man suspected to win, al-sisi. he was supported by cheers in the capital. tight security for the poll following the surge in violence that followed the ousting of the president morsi a year ago by mr. sisi. we are at the polling station. >> we are here at one of the polling stations in alexandria, one of the largest in the city. we have to make sure his name and card is registered here. after that he picks the voting card and picks one of the two candidates running in the election. after that he comes out and casts his vote in this plastic box. finally he dips his finger in
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this ink. the media have been campaigning heavily in the past days asking people to go out and vote. some believe the importance of these elections does not only lie in the final results but also in the turnout. it simply shows how many people believe in the credibility of this voting process. >> she is in alexandria following the presidential elections for us. jamie is here with the business news. >> indeed. ukrainian as well. in business we're looking at the euro election for the community and how might it influence the eu is run. single currency, restrictions on labor movement being imposed. we're getting those reactions
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from europe. petro poroshenko has won the ukrainian elections with 55% of the vote. who is he? he's one of the richest men in ukraine. poroshenko is the product of a fate world of chocolate manufacturing. after studying economics in kiev, he started a business selling cocoa beans. in the 1990s he bought up firms. he became the chocolate king. not just chocolate actually. he's got car and bus plants in the shipyard and television channel, most popular if in ukraine. march 2012 forbes puts him on the list of billionaires. $1.3 billion in assets.
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although his opposition backed yanukovych, he has russian interest as well. 40% of chocolate sales are in russia. one of the factories in russia was raided by authorities. russia is demanding billions for unpaid national gas bills. it's exchange for $27 billion in emergency credit to save the country for default. one other story from the uk. the united brand has been devalued after the disappointed season. they say united brand is down $98 million. that makes it the third most valuable football brand after munich and madrid. that's business. i'll have more later in the day. >> thank you very much indeed.
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talks between ukraine and russia as the tycoon petro poroshenko seems to win the election. pope francis' visit to important holy sites to muslims and jews in the final day of his middle east talks. hello. welcome. the results of the european parliamentary elections are dominating our coverage today. let me show you preliminary results. they suggest the european people's party in light blue is set to win 212 out of 751 seats. that would make it the biggest group in the european parliament. it will have 59 seats fewer than before. one of the other big stories of
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the night is this gray block, a surge in the number of so called others. mep's independent of existing party groups. there are set to be about 100 mep's in this group. let's look at countries more closely. this is france. one of the big stories of the evening. the national front storms victory 25% of the vote. they're up 19% there. the socialists well slight decline for them, miserable third place, 15% of the vote. le pen is celebrated. she won over the voters with the popu list mission. high prices and declining global influence. let's go to this side of the channel. the uk independence party winning 27% of the vote.
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massive increase of 11% there. labor and conservatives slugged out for second place there. partial results in greece suggest a win for the far left party with 26%. they're up 22%. look at that. far right parties, golden dawn up 10% at 10% of the vote there. let me show you the view from germany. angela merkel won another election in germany. 35% for her christian democrats there. the eurosceptic managed 7%. joining me is stephen evans. germany bucks the trend across europe by having the governing party coming out on top. >> reporter: yeah. it's kind of bucked the trend. it's not the great earthquake there is in the country which in france, britain. a presence for a eurosceptic party is significant.
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it changes the debate in the country. it's the first time the eurosceptic party has been in any significant parliament in which germany is involved. skepticism about the euro but not about the european union, they say. they say strength is by ripping up the euro and going back to normal currencies. one interesting aspect about this block of non aligned maverick mep's if you like, in this country there will be a far right from the national party. some say it's a neo-nazi party. they deny that. it's extremely far right. there will be an animal protection party, family party, pirate party. there will be one called the
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party. all of these are difficult to work out how they're going to vote. the party for example at one stage was saying policy is based on a humorous magazine by the way. at one stage it said a policy for no smoking zones on one way streets. it's a humorous magazine. all that's humorous. now this party will have one in the parliament. a proper parliament with proper power. it means that parliament will be less predictable with maverick elements. >> steve giving the latest from berlin. thanks for your analysis there. the far right national front tops the poll in france with more than 25% of the vote there. their success has prompted talk of a political earthquake by the french socialist prime minister. christian frazier reports from paris.
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>> it was a result giving reaction to results tonight came to the podium dressed in a black tie and black suit looking somber indeed to send a political earthquake not only through french politic but the establishment here. also through the european institutions in brussels. they called tomorrow morning an emergency cabinet meeting to start thinking about their response. he said we are listening, we understand this is a similar result to one we suffered in the elections. we are trying to find solutions to the many problems that french voters have been pointing to. for le pen it's been a successful night. she's ran a top campaign. talking about pulling france out, closing the borders to gra immigrants and renationalizing
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things she believes. they had 3% of the vote with three seats in the parliament. on current predictions they have between 23 and 25 seats in the european parliament. that gives them enough seats to form the european alliance for freedom if they can get parties from seven or more countries. >> christian frazier from paris there. similar trend on this side. conservatives are buying for second place. democrats lost nearly all their seats. we're waiting for full results. he claimed victory and tells the bbc we go on surprising people and anything is possible after tonight's results. chris reports now. >> reporter: when you've won, champagne tastes good even if
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there are no glasses afternorou. this is east of england. they're celebrating everywhere. >> people have spoken and delivered an extraordinary result. >> contrast that with these faces of defeat. the lib dems have almost been wiped out. we took the unpopular side of the argument. we are being punished. i would do it all over again. labour beat the conservatives. only narrowly. both say both are pondering what on earth to do. >> we will respond by making clear that we can fix the relationship between britain and europe, deliver real change and give people a say in a
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referendum. >> it's been the symptom of people's disaffection with politics. they're using their vote in the european parliamentary elections to express dissatisfactory. >> this was the scene at manchester town hall as griffin arrived. he later lost his seat. it's snaps like these that tell the story of the night, smiling for a picture, never easier for ukip. >> with me is our political correspondent to chew over outcomes from last night. rob, what do you think is the calculation? what are people thinking today? >> i'd broaden it out between the number ten and say what our main stream is thinking across europe. i think they're thinking the same thing. as the eurosceptics are
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suggesting, something profound at the beginning of the eu dream. or is it that protestors are these parties upon national. when there's a national election that people care about, voters will come running back. the polls suggests there's play for main parties. there's plenty ukip to make sure people stay. >> looking at the respective make up of the new european parliament. parties are still going to be the largest blocks in the european parliament. >> absolutely. i think the idea everybody in the european parliament when they meet and have all sat down and figured out what they're all going to say. we've heard the people. let's pack in the eu thing. that's just not going to happen. although the european parliament
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is quite powerful. there's plenty of power invested in national governments. in a way, that's one of the key questions. is there going to be sense of europe's institutions, leading players saying there's a lot of yo it out there. i'm skeptical it's going to change. the idea of unraveling the euro and unraveling the the freedom of movement so people go from one country to another, that would would be a huge stretch. >> even with the situation now. people in the parliament don't want it to exist. >> this is a question that's incredibly difficult. it sounds like a cop out. the reason i'm skeptical is being older these days. i remember the setting up of
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single currency. there was a lot of euro skeptism amongst the people. there was a sense maybe the polit politicians will have to pack people. it didn't happen. >> you're getting even older. hope you are here to tell us about it. thanks very much. let me bring you other headlines making stories around the world. early results from ukraine's presidential election confirms the billionaire has won the victory in the first round putting on 54%. russia's foreign minister lavrov says moscow is ready for a direct dialogue for mr. poroshenko. in pretoria, oscar pistorius has arrived to start a 30 day psychiatric assessment. the judge in the murder trial ordered the parra olympian to
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have tests to check his mental state. his attorney says he has an anxiety disorder. he denies murder. modi will be sworn in today as the new prime minister in the capital of delhi. the former leader will attend the meeting. the two leaders are expected to hold talks on tuesday. modi led bjp to a landslide victory in the recent election. now, pope francis has visited israel's national holocaust memorial on the third and final day of the middle east tour. the prime minister benjamin netanyahu welcomed the visits. he has visited the al-aqsa mosque and the memorial. he's called on jews and muslims
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to work together for justice and peace. we are now in jerusalem with the latest. >> this is a short visit, the tour the pope is making. one with many layers of significance. what we've seen is sbrreligious dialogue. he went to visit the two most important sites for muslims. the al-aqsa mosque and went to the western war memorial and said a prayer. he also delivered a message calling on all religions to look at each other as brothers and sisters and denounced the violence saying this should never be in the name of god. he has been making political calls through the day. he's meeting the israeli president peres. of course the surprise
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announcement of this trip was his call for palestinian president abbas and israeli president to visit him at the vatican. they're expected to do that next month where they'll pray for peace a month after peace talks between israel and palestinians broke down. there's been a third aspect about the church unity. he's calling for close relations between the catholic and orthodox church which was separated 900 years of history. >> stay with us here on bbc world news. plenty more to come. five days on from the coup, royal endorsements in thailand's new military ruler.
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top questions for ruling party across europe after a night of success for antiestablishment candidates in elections for the european parliament. we're going to stay with that story. the results of the election for the european parliament in poland. the the governing civic platform got a majority of votes. the new party called the right sent shock waves through. >> what polls are going to be asking themselves is how such an antieuropean figure such as this congress of the new right to get enough votes to send four mep's to brussels. he is hugely controversial. he's a self-proclaimed monarchist. he has gone as far as saying women should not vote because they're not as intelligent as men. there's a lot of soul searching in this country. to be honest, this is a protest
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vote. neither of the two main parties, the center right ruling party and the main opposition conservative party. they just weren't offering anything to voters. they are so close in terms of votes. there's barely a percentage point in it. there's a lot of soul searching going on in how such an antiestablishment figure can field mep's to brussels. it will be fascinating to watch where mep's will align themselves in the great debate. let's head to greece where the party as got squeezed from the left and right. bbc is in athens for us. >> it's the antiausterity parties that won big. we have the radical left wing
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party. last elections they pulled 4%. this time they send six to the parliament. the election was if you vote for us, we're going to try and renegotiate greece's bailout and reverses austerity. that resinated with people here in greece that suffered in terms of high unemployment, shrinking of economy as well as having the left making gains. golden dawn on the far right sending this time. >> let me take you to india where railway officials say 40 have been killed and dozens injured in the train crash. the passenger train collided with a stationary freight train at the railway station. several carriages came off the tracks. rescuers are trying to free a
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number of people trapped inside. the leader of thailand's coup has received the king's endorsement as head of the country's new ruling council. he has threatened tougher actions against anticoup. in the last few minutes we learned the former thai prime minister yingluck that was held is now released from military custody. let's get the latest from bangkok. >> he had to wait four days for it. this morning, thailand's new military ruler, the all important endorsement from the king. no coup in the country's modern history has succeeded without it. the the aging monarch wasn't present at the ceremony nor has he made comment. the coup leaders want to keep the palace untainted by their take over.
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the general's next move will be form a cabinet and appoint a prime minister. the economy is in dire need of management after seven months of turmoil. he'll be challenged by opposition to his rule. today he had a blunt message for those behind anticoup protests in bangkok. >> translator: these protests we've seen, do they want to go back to the way we were before? if you want that, i'll have to enforce the law. now the military warnings that have deterred opponents from demonstrating. if anything, the soldiers are struggling to deal with angry crowds. sooner or later, army may use force and face resist answance outside bangkok. it will not be easy to run the country. we have been talking an
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awful lot about elections and governments today. let me take you to egypt where vote as go voting is underway. one of the first to cast his ballot is the man expected to win, former army achieve al-sisi. he was greeted by cheering supporters in cairo. there's been tight security for the poll following the surge in violence that came after the ousting of the president morsi by mr. sisi almost a year ago. nearly 200,000 police and soldiers are on duty in polling booths around the country. the bbc gave us the latest from cairo. >> reporter: it's pretty much what they call in the egyptian media a voter's election. there's been so much talk about the candidates, talk about al-sisi and his only rival. the results is not going to be a surprise. sisi is the clear front runner
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here. much of the talks today and the day before was about voters. everybody is urging the voters to come down and show the world they have a huge turnout. 54 million people in egypt are eligible. 7 million are here in the capital cairo. these long, long lines have been forming in the morning. we showed up at 6:00 local time. pews were long. polls have been open an hour now. let me give you a flavor of what the press has been saying. this is state owned station. the word today is for the people. another one, the polling stations and polling boxes are waiting for egyptians to vote today. like you say, it's not about who's going to win. it's known who's going to win. this is still a race. the real test is how many egyptians come out and support the process today? >> that's the problem isn't it,
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in terms of legitimacy? this is the man that led the army that ousted morsi a year ago and has been cracking down on the muslim brother hood now. muslim brother hood have told supporters to boycott the election? >> reporter:. we talk about the mood here. people have posters and flags. this is the picture we're seeing. what we're not seeing is people that decided to boycott the elections. to some people, sisi is seen as a savior going to take them from chaos. to others, he's the man ousted morsi. there's a fear of some people after three years, egypt is going back to a man of military background, going back to a man of strong military faith. if you speak to people here, one
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thing they talk about is security. they say look we've tried three years. we're tired of this state. what we need now is safety. they've lived without that for a long time now. >> reporting from cairo. news of another strong man. poland's last communist leader has died at the age of 90. he is best known for declaring martial law in 1981 in the face of growing resistance in the solidarity movement. now a lighter story. a group of school children in hungary have broken a world record. they built a tower of legos. the old record was held by students in delaware. it's nice to finish on a light story. let me give you a reminder of
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