Human chain welcomes Brotherhood candidate Morsi in Delta

Ahram Online, Sunday 22 Apr 2012

Rank and file members of Muslim Brotherhood form a 20-kilometre-long human chain to welcome the FJP head and presidential candidate to Mansoura

FJP head Mohamed Morsi

Amid much fanfare, Islamist presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi made a visit to the city of Mansoura in the Nile Delta.

Supporters of Morsi created a 20-kilometre-long human chain from the city of Meit Ghamr outside Mansoura to the University of Mansoura campus in the town centre, where he was expected to hold a public rally.

During the evening, Morsi will hold another conference in Mansoura Sports Stadium.

Residents of Mansoura welcomed Morsi by holding banners with "Morsi, the president of Egypt," and chanted, "Why is the Asphalt glowing? It is because Morsi is walking on it."

Morsi is the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the country's top post. The group nominated Morsi in late March, after reports pointed that their original candidate Khairat El-Shater could be eliminated from the race because of a past criminal conviction during the Mubarak era.

Morsi is the president of the Brotherhood's political arm the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) but has vowed to step down from his position if he is elected president.

Morsi is expected to pay a visit to the governorate of Sharqiya on Monday where he will meet with students from the University of Zagazig, where he has worked as a professor of engineering since 1985. 

The 60-year-old is then set to visit Alexandria to continue his campaign tour on Tuesday.

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