Video: Attack on Shafiq was 'idiotic,' campaign statement reads

Ahram Online, Wednesday 23 May 2012

According to Shafiq campaigners, Wednesday's assault on their candidate was 'idiotic' and 'abnormal'

Ahmed Shafiq
Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, bottom center, is surrounded by protesters and supporters as he arrives to vote at a polling site in Cairo (Photo: AP)

The attack on presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq was carried out by an organised group that waited for him in front the polling stations to cause hugger-mugger after his obvious lead of the polls, Shafiq's campaign said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

Mubarak’s former prime minister was attacked by protesters who hurled stones and shoes at him after he cast his ballot in a polling station in a New Cairo suburb of Cairo.

Describing the assault on their candidate as "idiotic" and "abnormal", the campaign said that Shafiq is going ahead with his candidacy, fully confident.

They related the attack to rumours circulating on Tuesday night that Shafiq had been hospitalised, which turned out to be bogus, insisting the intention in both cases was to curb his rising stakes.

The best response to such "uncivilised behaviour” will be the ballots’, they concluded.

Attacks on Shafiq due to his lead of polls


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