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Shafiq's presidential campaign, supporters devastated by loss

Whilst many thousands across the nation jubilantly celebrate Morsi's win of Egypt's presidency, Shafiq's presidential campaign and supporters rue the ex-minister of aviation's loss

Sarah El-Rashidi, Monday 25 Jun 2012
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Shafiq at a recent campaign event (Photo: AP)
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The announcement of the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) declaring Mohamed Morsi the president-elect of Egypt left Ahmed Shafiq's campaign team and supporters in shock, anger and despair. Some lamented the loss of their candidate, while others slammed the Muslim Brotherhood leader who is set to assume power.

"We were sure he [Shafiq] was going to win!" wailed an agonized member of his campaign, whilst other women shrieked and fainted at a press conference held by the campaign in the outskirts of Cairo.

Many of Shafiq's campaign were too distraught by the news to talk to the media, while those who did preferred to remain anonymous due to fears of possible unpleasant repercussions under the Islamist president-elect.

"I will leave the country; I do not want to stay with Morsi as president. He does not represent me!" Asserted a young female, referring to her outwardly liberal, unveiled appearance.

A campaign coordinator despondently stated: "I will no longer be proud to be Egyptian under a country led by the Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi. I want to leave Egypt as soon as possible."

The young man added: "The Egyptian people did not want Morsi; no one is convinced with him, that is why he won by a narrow margin as only 52 per cent of eligible constituents voted [in the presidential runoffs]."

The total number of registered voters in Egypt stands at 50,958,794. Voter turnout in the presidential runoff was 26,420,763 (nearly 52 per cent). Morsi secured 52 per cent of the vote to win the presidential race.

"Even the Muslim Brotherhood was not convinced with Morsi, and thus he was their second choice after Khairat El-Shater was disqualified," stated a Shafiq supporter.

Morsi, who resigned as head of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) shortly after the result announcement, launched his presidential campaign after Brotherhood second-in-command El-Shater was disqualified from the race by Egypt's electoral commission in April.

El-Shater was disqualified due to a prior criminal conviction under the Mubarak regime.

Shafiq was scheduled to hold a press conference at 9pm on Sunday to address the public after his loss, but the conference was cancelled.

Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under deposed president Hosni Mubarak, is expected to make a public appearance on Monday.

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Sharine Atif
26-06-2012 02:01pm
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What does Reporter mean?!
It really comes to my surprise how people on here comment and react and take things personally from an article written by someone documenting what actually happened. I have seen it myself as I did go to the Shafiq headquarters once, but not because I necessarily support him, I am a reporter interested in reporting what people say and how they feel. You also cannot predict why others want to leave the contry and assume its because they are part of SCAF;s corruption! Both are corrupt! SCAF and the Islamic brotherhood! Instead of attacking a reporter or attacking the people who are reacting, with or against Morsi or Shafiq, wake up and learn about what is really happening!
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IRIE
25-06-2012 06:46pm
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Even if it were by one vote I knew Morsi would have won. Morsi had most poor/uneducated people behind him which is alarge precent of the population. Shafiq had the most rich,chistrians and military family. Everyone have a right to do what is right for them, but anyone who claim Egypt was good before the revolution really need to check themselves. Egypt was good for who? All you have to do is ditch the ride and look around, look around.. one eg is the big trash pile infront of public schools, children see this every day(the ones who can not afford to spend x amount of money for private school) need I say no more... It is time for all EGYPTAINS TO TAKE CONTROL AND BUILD ABETTER FUTURE FOR THE CHILDREN. Those of you negative people who wants to go...bye bye you all did not love your country in the first place.. Hopefully we will not hear any thing about high class and low class ,good clothes and bad clothes. I wish for all freedom,equal rights and justice..
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Omar
25-06-2012 01:24pm
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Mr. Mursy invitation to Iran and threat to our our peacee agreements shows how shallow and demagougue he is. Brotherhood and its criminal associates are very dangerous and will faile Egypt. Look around and see how religious states faield. Allah AKber
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
25-06-2012 11:01am
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Shafiq's loss
Ahmed Shafiq is a born fighter. He outmanouvered, outgunned and outsmarted his highly skilled opponents in their superior flying machines. He obtained nearly 49% of the votes with heavy odds against. This is not Ahmed Shafiq's loss. It is a defeat for all that was good in Egypt. His supporters need not be despondent. Modern and secular Egypt will rise once again from the ashes and very soon to be sure.
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Isa
25-06-2012 09:29am
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Leaving Egypt
Why Shafik supporters "want to leave country"? Is it because their lavish, corrupt lives are over and they are fearing a trial? Why they are "no longer proud to be an Egyptian"? They feel they were proud citizens under an autocratic, military rule!!!
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Abdur Razzaque
25-06-2012 07:59am
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Unity is Strength
Voting is a kind of win and loss game. What ever the result is everybody needs to accept it. Hope the Egyptian peoples regardless will come forward and work together to make their own country a successful democratic nation in the world.
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EGYPETisMYhope
25-06-2012 05:32am
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HIGHLY DISGUSTING FOR ALL OF THE EGYPT AND ALL DEMOCRATCLY ELECTED GOVTS.
U WILL NOT PUBLISH WHATEVER COMMENTS COME UR WAY, U KNOW THE FACT BUT TRY TO TWIST IT
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EGYPETisMYhope
25-06-2012 05:24am
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HIGHLY DISGUSTING FOR ALL OF THE EGYPT AND ALL DEMOCRATCLY ELECTED GOVTS.
I AM SORY TO ALL THE NATION FOR THIS ARTICLE WITCH IS NOT BASED ON FACTS BUT OTHER ELEMENTS, YOU KNOW !!!
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