5 days before 23 May vote: Diary of presidential Candidates on the Campaign trail

Ahram Online, Friday 18 May 2012

Ahram Online tracks presidential candidates campaign stops to rally voters in the final stretch before millions choose the first post-Mubarak commander-in-chief on Wednesday

Morsi campaign
Supporters of Mohamed Morsi wave posters of him that read "Mohamed Morsi for Egyptian presidency" during a rally in Cairo.(Photo: AP)

Leftist candidate,Khaled Ali on Friday is set to visit the port city of Suez where he is to participate in the Friday prayers at the Omar Ibn El-Khattab mosque in the city center. Following prayers, a number of Suez Canal Auhtority workers will join Ali in a march and a press conference. Ali will also join a rally by Ceramica Cleopatra workers who are involved in a protracted struggle against Mubarak-era business man Mohamed Abul-Einein. Ali is to conlcude his Suez visit by meeting with a number of the families of the martyrs of the January 25 Revolution.

After wrapping up his visit in Aswan, Mubarak's last prime-minister Ahmed Shafiq will head Friday to Qena, his second destination in his three-day tour of Upper Egypt. The last stop is set to be Assiut on Saturday.

Meanwhile, liberal Islamist Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh will wrap up his public campaign in a big celebratory event at Gezira Youth center in Zamalek, Cairo from 5 PM to 9 PM. The event will include a screening of a documentary about Abul-Fotouh "The tale of a gentleman". The event will be attended by a number of prominent supporters. Abul- Fotouh supporters will organise a human chain before the event over the Qasr El-Nil bridge connecting Tahrir Square and Zamalek island. 

The campaign of Freedom and Justice Party's candidate Mohamed Morsi said that the Brotherhood leader, who attended mass rallies all evening Thursday, should make a campaign stop in the industrial suburb of Helwan, south of Cairo, but could not confirm.

Former Mubarak-era foreign minister Amr Moussa is spending the day in Alexandria where he is expected to attend five separate rallies.

The Nasserist presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi is planning to visit Dakahlia governorate in the Delta. He will perform Friday mid-day prayers in Kafr Shokr, and then pay condolences to the family of Zakaria Mohie Eddin, Egypt's former rime minister during Gamal Abdel Nasser's time, who passed away on Monday. Afterwrd, Sabbahi will attend a public rally in Mit Ghamr city in the late afternoon and Mansoura in the evening. Back in Cairo, simultaneously, Sabbahi's supporters are planning a motorcade rally all around the city after Friday prayers. The rally will kick off from Mostafa Mahmoud's mosque in Mohandesin passing through Agouza, Dokki, Tahrir Square, Downtown, Helioplis, Nasr City, Ramses, Shubra, Nile Kournish and then back to Tahrir Square.

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