Egypt starts voting on new president in election expected to be won by former military chief

Egyptians are choosing a new president in an election that comes nearly a year after the military's ouster of the nation's first freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.

The man who removed Morsi, retired military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is practically assured of a victory in the vote, which is being held on Monday and Tuesday. El-Sissi has for the past 10 months been the most powerful figure in Egypt.

El-Sissi is looking for a strong turnout, to show the world that his removal of Morsi was the will of the people.

The only other candidate in the race is leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third in the 2012 presidential election.

The vote is taking place over Monday and Tuesday.