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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood holds 1st open vote

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement, the country's largest political group, has held its first open internal election since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Until the longtime leader's fall, the Islamist group had been banned from public politics and its members and finances targeted by a constant security crackdown.

Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan says more than 100 members of the group's policy making body are electing three new members. He says Saturday's vote is proof Egypt "has changed."

The policymaking body hadn't been able to convene in full since 1995 in fear of mass arrests.

Despite the crackdown in the past, the group was able to field candidates in parliamentary elections as independents and proved to be the most organized political force during Mubarak's 30-year rule.