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Nasser Nasser, Associated Press
Egyptian women angered by the recent violence used against them in clashes between army soldiers and protesters, one carrying a poster that reads in Arabic "Down with military rule, Military are liars and We will cut your hand" chant anti military slogans during rally that ended in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Egypt's ruling generals are coming under mounting criticism at home and abroad for the military's use of excessive force against unarmed protesters, including women, as they try to crush the pro-democracy movement calling for their ouster.

CAIRO — Voting in election runoffs for Egypt's first parliament since Hosni Mubarak's ouster has resumed without the long lines outside polling centers seen in previous rounds of the staggered vote.

Wednesday's balloting is in the second round of the election, with voting in mostly rural areas. A third and final round is to be held in early January.

Islamists led by the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest and best organized political group, have dominated the vote thus far and are likely to maintain their comfortable lead.

The vote comes amid growing calls for the ruling military to step down and allow the next parliament to form a national unity government that takes over the reins of power until a new president is elected before the end of June.