Crowd Attacks HQ of Egyptian Presidential Candidate

Ahmed Shafiq's headquarters catches fire
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2012 5:18 PM CDT
Crowd Attacks HQ of Egyptian Presidential Candidate
Former presidential candidate Khaled Ali is seeing on shoulders of supporters at a demonstration against frontrunner Ahmed Shafik in Cairo, Egypt, May 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

Protesters stormed the campaign headquarters of an Egyptian presidential candidate today just hours after officials announced he would take part in a run-off election next month, Reuters reports. The headquarters of law-and-order candidate Ahmed Shafiq even caught fire, but the flames were quickly put out and there were no reports of injuries. Protesters are angry that Shafiq—Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister and a symbol of his deposed regime—fared so well in the election's first round.

Crowds are also moving toward Tahrir Square; the BBC reports as many as a thousand people have gathered there to protest Egypt's election results. (More Egypt stories.)

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