Egypt Live Blog
Egypt - May 28, 2012 - 17:56
Evan Hill tweeted this rather sad photo from a now-empty Hamdeen Sabahi headquarters. Some of the candidate's supporters have gone to Tahrir Square to protest - we've heard reports of a hundred or so people in the square - while others simply don't see the point.
Evan sent along this dispatch:
Around 70 tense Sabbahi supporters had gathered at headquarters by 3pm to await the results. There was still an expectant and disbelieving mood; to Sabbahi's supporters, anything remained possible.
When the results came, Shafiq came first, and supporters began shaking their heads. When Sabbahi came next, and the first words were heard - "four million" - there were exasperated sighs. People threw their hands into the air; men and women began sobbing into each other's shoulders. Immediately there was a rush to grab flags and head to Tahrir, and the headquarters emptied and calmed.
Mostafa Mortada, a volunteer, was fatalistic. "Shafiq is going to be the next president. What am I going to do in Tahrir? The game was not fair."
Mostafa said Shafiq's entering the runoff represented the end of the revolution, but nor would he vote for Morsi and give the Muslim Brotherhood all the levers of power. "Either today or after one year, when Shafiq is president, there will be another revolution," he said.