Egyptian protesters returned to Tahrir Square on Tuesday night to protest the presidential candidacy of Ahmed Shafiq, former president Hosni Mubarak’s appointed prime minister during last year’s military crackdown. Protesters said on Tuesday that Shafiq will forever be tainted by holding office during the 18 tumultuous days when 800 protesters were killed. “If Shafiq wins, we will overturn everything into fire and destruction,” said demonstrator Amr Sayed, who said he will be voting for the Muslim Brotherhood candidate in the presidential election to prevent Shafiq’s victory. Egypt’s rulers set a 48-hour deadline on Wednesday for the political parties to finalize the formation of the 100-member panel to write the constitution—or else lawmakers said they will write their own.
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