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Published:Sunday | May 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq yesterday paid tribute to the "glorious revolution" that toppled Hosni Mubarak, a dramatic turnaround for the former regime official who fought his way into the run-off elections by appealing to public disenchantment with last year's uprising.

Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Mubarak, vowed there would be no "recreation of the old regime" as he prepared to face off against Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in a run-off June 16-17.

Shafiq and Morsi were the top vote-getters after a two-day election on Wednesday and Thursday which none of the 13 candidates could win outright. Now, both must appeal to the roughly 50 per cent of voters who cast ballots for someone else.