Do you really think that the Muslim Brotherhood will get this close to power and then be denied? “There will be violence if Shafiq wins.” Indeed.
Protesters set fire to the campaign headquarters of Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister after it was confirmed that the former regime figure would face the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate in the second-round of Egypt’s election.
The flames at Ahmed Shafiq’s offices are believed to have been started by the same young revolutionaries who overthrew Mr Mubarak and who have warned that they would not accept any of his former henchman as their president.
Mr Shafiq, a former air force general, essentially took day-to-day control of the Egyptian government last year as anti-Mubarak crowds gathered in Tahrir Square.
No one was was reported hurt after the demonstrators vandalised the Cairo offices and set them on fire.
“There will be violence if Shafiq wins,” Mohammed al-Daramali, of a group calling itself The Coalition to Rescue the Revolution, said at the weekend.
“Shafiq’s place is prison, not the presidential chair.”
Mr Shafiq has said he will honour the revolution, but has refused to distance himself from his previous description of Mr Mubarak as his “role model”.
The army is braced for protests after the vote on June 16-17 and there is a high likelihood of trouble in the run-up. On Saturday, a verdict is due in Mr Mubarak’s trial on charges of murder and corruption, with anger likely to meet anything less than a heavy sentence….