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[Published: Friday May 18 2012]

 Egypt Brotherhood forms human chain for candidate

Cairo, 18 May – (ANA) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood organised a 760-km (470-mile)-long human chain of supporters across the country yesterday to back the group's presidential candidate Mohamed Mursi in a show of strength ahead of next week's historic vote. From Cairo to Aswan, members of the Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), held posters of Mohamed Mursi, the Brotherhood's alternative choice to the group's initial candidate Khairat Shater, who was disqualified over a military court conviction. Rows of activists and supporters, some wearing T-Shirts and caps emblazoned with a print of Mursi's face, held up campaign posters also showing the former engineer's bearded face and a campaign slogan reading: "Mursi, for president of Egypt" The event, organised by Mursi's presidential campaign, highlighted the Brotherhood's powerful network of supporters across the country. On its website, the Brotherhood said it had aimed to form the "longest human chain in the world". Known to have been the most organised political entity during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak, the Brotherhood boasts a campaign machine that can galvanise supporters across the country quickly. Mursi has been trailing behind other presidential candidates, mainly former Arab League chief Amr Moussa and Islamist candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh. But members of some liberal political groups say Mursi is likely to show considerable strength given the resilience of the Brotherhood's decades-old network, which supports his campaign. The Brotherhood's FJP dominates parliament after winning most seats in November parliamentary elections. (ANA)

FA/ANA/18 May 2012--------

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