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Campaigning Ends In Egypt Election

Campaigning draws to a close Sunday in Egypt's first multi-candidate presidential election.

Incumbent president Hosni Mubarak, who faces nine rivals, is expected to hold a final rally of his ruling National Democratic party today before Wednesday's poll. Despite facing electoral opponents for the first time, President Mubarak is widely expected to win a fifth term.

Ayman Nour, one of Mr. Mubarak's most prominent opponents, addressed a crowd in the heart of Cairo late Saturday after touring the country. Mr. Nour and his Ghad party have led the most aggressive campaign, linking the Mubarak government to years of oppression, economic crisis, and joblessness.

In February, President Mubarak proposed holding contested presidential elections to replace a system where parliament nominated a single candidate for approval in a referendum.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.