Egypt’s Shafiq votes amid heavy security

Cairo: Ahmad Shafiq — Hosni Mubarak’s last premier who is vying to be his successor — cast his ballot Saturday in the country’s presidential run-off under heavy guard.

Shafiq, a former air force commander, is up against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammad Mursi.

Upon his arrival at a polling station in a school in Al Tajmua Al Khamis on the outskirts of Cairo, Shafiq was whisked to a side door. He left minutes later amid shouts from his opponents, calling him a “feloul” or a remnant of the Mubarak regime. His supporters, meanwhile, countered by shouting: “The people want Shafiq a president.”

Shafiq, 70, was mobbed by a crowd when he showed up to vote in the first round of the election last month.