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Egypt candidate attacks Islamist rival
Old regime presidential candidate attacks Islamist rival, says he'd return Egypt to dark ages
By The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) ' Presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister under Hosni Mubarak's regime, has attacked his Islamist rival by saying he would terrorize Christians and lead Egypt to "the dark ages."

Mohammed Morsi of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood tried to cash in Sunday on the unpopularity of a court verdict a day earlier that sentenced Mubarak to life but acquitted him and his two sons of corruption. Six top police commanders accused of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising were also acquitted.

Tens of thousands demonstrated in Cairo and other cities Saturday to protest against the verdict.

Shafiq and Morsi will go head-to-head in a runoff vote June 16-17.

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