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In pictures: Brotherhood mobilises for Morsi
The candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party drew thousands to a glitzy rally in Cairo.
Last Modified: 22 May 2012 17:18

Cairo, Egypt - From miles away, the lights of Sunday night's Muslim Brotherhood rally could be seen beaming high above the downtown city skyline.

Thousands of supporters at Abdeen Square in central Cairo cheered, as Muslim leaders took to the stage to introduce Mohamed Morsi, considered one of the front-runners in Egypt's presidential race. It was the final event for any of the 13 candidates before a ban on any campaigning went into effect on Monday, two days before polls open on Wednesday.

"God willing, Morsi will be president after the first round," the crowd chanted.

Um Hassan, a 36-year-old from Cairo, told Al Jazeera she was there "in solidarity" with Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. She said Egypt had been "liberated" after last year's uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

"Before the revolution, I couldn't open my mouth and say anything, now I can vote for the party that I want," she said. "I feel liberated."

Others seemed to support the Muslim Brotherhood more than Morsi himself, who was a relative latecomer - after the group's main candidate was disqualified.

"They’re not individuals," said 43-year-old Cairene Mohamed Said, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood's members. "They’re an entire establishment."

Yosri Abdel Wahab, from Minya in Upper Egypt, said he hadn't been a long time supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, but liked Morsi because he was "honest".

"The country needs someone religious and pious who treats Muslims and Christians fairly," 50-year-old Abdel Wahab said.

Morsi finally took the stage, listing names of cities and towns across Egypt from which he said his party drew its support.

"We will take a serious step towards a better future, God willing," he said.

Learn more about the 13 candidates vying to become Egypt's next president here.


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Lights from Mohamed Morsi's final campaign rally in Cairo could be seen from more than a mile away.


Al Jazeera/Matthew Cassel
A young girl shows off her Egyptian flag and "Morsi" face paint to friends at the rally.


Al Jazeera/Matthew Cassel
Supporters of Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, look on as they wait for him to take the stage.


Al Jazeera/Matthew Cassel
Supporters cheer as speakers chant that Morsi will win the presidency in the election's first round.


Al Jazeera/Matthew Cassel
Muslim clerics in the audience look on. Morsi became a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Guidance Bureau in the mid-1990s.


Al Jazeera/Matthew Cassel
A young girl can be seen sitting among the majority male audience of the Morsi rally.


Al Jazeera/Matthew Cassel
A Morsi supporter holds his candidate's picture as he cheers him on.


Al Jazeera/Matthew Cassel
Many families, such as this father and his son, were among the thousands who arrived at the rally.


Al Jazeera/Matthew Cassel
A supporter carries a scale, the symbol that will represent Morsi on the election ballot. Voting will begin on Wednesday, May 23.


Al Jazeera/Matthew Cassel
Fireworks went off above the crowd of thousands when Morsi first took to the stage.


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Muslim clerics from Al Azhar, Cairo's first mosque - and an ancient seat of Islamic study, carry posters being Morsi's portrait.


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Morsi took to the stage only after two hours of speakers introducing the candidate and encouraging the crowd.


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Lights from a campaign rally in Cairo for Mohamed Morsi, the candidate for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, could be seen from over a mile away.

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Morsi supporters look on as they wait for their candidate to take the stage.

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Supporters cheer as speakers chant that Morsi will win the presidency in the election's first round.

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Muslim clerics in the audience look on. Morsi became a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Guidance Bureau in the mid-1990s.

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Muslim clerics in the audience look on. Morsi became a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Guidance Bureau in the mid-1990s.

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A young girl can be seen sitting among men in the audience of the Morsi rally.

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A Morsi supporter holds his candidate's picture as he cheers him on.

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A Morsi supporter holds his candidate's picture as he cheers him on.

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Many families came to the event, like this father and his son.

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Many families came to the event, like this father and his son.

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A supporter carries a scale, the symbol that will represent Morsi on the election ballot. Voting will begin on May 23.

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Fireworks went off above the crowd of thousands when Morsi first took to the stage.

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Fireworks went off above the crowd of thousands when Morsi first took to the stage.

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Muslim clerics from Al Azhar Mosque carry pictures of Morsi.

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Muslim clerics from Al Azhar Mosque carry pictures of Morsi.

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Morsi took to the stage only after two hours of speakers introducing the candidate.

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Morsi took to the stage only after two hours of speakers introducing the candidate.



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