Egypt candidate accuses rival over HQ attack

June 10, 2012 22:01


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CAIRO - One of the two finalists in Egypt's presidential race on Sunday accused his opponent's party of orchestrating an attack on his campaign offices, as the contest that has divided the nation took a bitter new turn.

The run-off on June 16 and 17 is the last stage in Egypt's first free presidential election and pits Ahmed Shafiq, ousted Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, against the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi.

Shafiq, a former air force commander, on Sunday said the Brotherhood had hired thugs to carry out a raid on his headquarters in Cairo last month, when attackers set fire to storage rooms and smashed computers.

The Brotherhood, in turn, accused Shafiq of "huge lies" and said he did nothing in the last days of former President Mubarak's rule to stop a notorious camel charge on protesters.

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