Tahrir sees calm after protests against Egypt election results

Ahram Online, Tuesday 29 May 2012

Despite thousands flocking to Tahrir in protest of presidential runoff candidates, Shafiq and Morsi, Egypt's flashpoint square returns to normal Tuesday morning

Currently Tahrir Square is calm and cars are able to pass through after protests erupted Monday night in the iconic square objecting to the results of last week's presidential elections that now pits Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi against Mubarak's last premier, Ahmed Shafiq, in the June runoff.

Monday night witnessed heated protests, highlighted by an attack on protesters by thugs wielding sticks and stones.

Several protests broke out across the country, notably in Cairo, Alexandria and a number of governorates in the Delta region.

In the capital, hundreds protested outside Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) and outside the headquarters of Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC). Protestors demanded the SPEC enforce the Disenfranchisement Law banning former regime figures, like Shafiq, from participating in the political arena. If Shafiq is removed from the race, it is assumed that Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi, who placed third in elections, will enter the runoffs.

Neither of the candidates - Shafiq and Morsi - are seen as good choices by the revolutionaries, in fact they see it as a stifling "nightmare scenario."

Runoffs for the presidential elections are slated for 16 and 17 of June.

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