Protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday.
Protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday. Photo by Reuters
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CAIRO - Egypt's two presidential candidates intensified their media attacks against each other on Saturday, threatening to further inflame tensions in the lead-up to the vote next weekend which has been marred by violence.

The poll on June 16-17 is between Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister of ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, and the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi.

It has angered and confused many Egyptians who say they did not stage a revolt to replace Mubarak with an Islamist or a former member of his regime.

Several of Shafik's campaign offices have been attacked, and protesters have hit the streets to demonstrate against both candidates.

On Saturday, the liberal newspaper Al-Dostour ran a full-page advertisement for Shafik called "SWOT: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats". The unpaid advertisement, which consisted of a big table divided between the two candidates, was a clear attack on Mursi.

Shafik's weaknesses were listed as: "His being counted in the former regime and seen as not the best one to govern Egypt, but the best for the time being."

Mursi's were: "Does not deserve to rule Egypt and is linked to the Brotherhood group that the people gave their trust six months ago and got nothing in return."

In conclusion, the table said: "Close your eyes and imagine the shape of the world with Mursi, imagine your mother, sister, wife and daughter, imagine yourself as a second-class moderate Muslim or a third-class Christian, who would you vote for?"