Shafiq, Brotherhood Attack One Another As Runoff Approaches (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/11/12)
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Days before the presidential runoff in Egypt, presidential candidate
Ahmed Shafiq and the Muslim Brotherhood sharpened their attacks on
one another on Sunday.
According to a report in the Egypt Independent, Shafiq started the
round by accusing the Brotherhood of paying thugs to attack his
campaign headquarters in Cairo last month.
Speaking during a news conference, Shafiq, a former air force
commander, said, “They [the Brotherhood] insist on using dirty
methods,” adding, “I am an independent candidate backed by no party
or group. The Muslim Brotherhood candidate is backed by his group and
supported by an undeclared organization.”
The runoff presidential election is slated for June 16 and 17 and
will pit Shafiq, who was former President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime
minister, against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi.
The Egypt Independent reported that later in the day, the Brotherhood
accused Shafiq of telling “huge lies” and said he did nothing to stop
a notorious charge on protesters in what has come to be known as
the “Battle of the Camel” during the January 2011 uprising.
The group said in a statement that Shafiq´s lies aim to tarnish the
Brotherhood´s image and mislead voters so that they either do not
vote for Mursi or boycott the runoff altogether.
The statement also denounced Shafiq for accusing the Brotherhood of
killing demonstrators in the Battle of the Camel, saying it is well-
known that Mubarak´s now-dissolved National Democratic Party
orchestrated the attack in order to thwart the revolution.
The incident they referred to took place days before Mubarak stepped
down, when men riding camels and horses charged demonstrators in
Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
“Shafiq was a member of the dissolved [National Democratic] Party and
prime minister at the time of this massacre, but did not do anything
about it except apologize for it,” the Brotherhood statement said,
adding that the revolution would not have succeeded had the
Brotherhood not defended Tahrir and its demonstrators during that
Thousands of people demonstrated in Egypt last Friday to demand that
Shafiq be banned from the runoff. Shafiq, meanwhile, pledged he would
uphold freedoms in a press conference.
“Public squares will be free and secure for expression,” he said. “I
promise you, no youth will be arrested for political activities.”
Shafiq previously hit hard at the Muslim Brotherhood, warning that an
Islamist victory will lead to terrorizing Christians and accusing the
Brotherhood of trying to make “Palestine" the central issue for
In an unusually sharp attack, Shafiq accused the Brotherhood of
acting as if “Palestine is the capital of Egypt.” He said that
Egyptians face several domestic issues that should not be
overshadowed by the status of the Palestinian Authority, whose Hamas
faction was founded by the Brotherhood.
“Don’t let the Muslim Brotherhood control Egypt and take it to the
dark ages," Shafiq declared. "I represent a secular state... the
Brotherhood represents a sectarian state. I represent progress and
light, they represent backwardness and darkness.” (IsraelNationalNews
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