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Muslim Brotherhood in polls claim

The Muslim Brotherhood says its candidate is leading in Egypt's presidential election, citing the group's exit polls, as official counting begins after two days of voting.

Poll workers began counting after stations closed at 9pm on Thursday. Official results are due on Tuesday.

None of the 13 candidates is expected to garner the more than 50 per cent needed to win outright. So, a run-off round between the two top vote-getters will be held on June 16 and 17.

Murad Mohammed Ali, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi, told the Associated Press that the candidate was the leader in exit polls conducted by Brotherhood campaign workers nationwide. He declined to say what percentage Morsi held. The reliability of the exit polls could not be confirmed.

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