Mohammed Mursi spoke to thousands of Brotherhood supporters this week at a stadium in the town of Zagazig, 90 kilometres north of Cairo. The venue was packed with more than 20,000 people, including youngsters who had scaled the walls to avoid the queues. Two quotations from the AFP story about the event:
"I'm entirely convinced (by him) and anyway what counts is not the person, it's the project. Dr Mursi has a wide base that supports him. Brothers do not want a post, they only want the interest of Egypt," said Iman al-Azab, a 47-year-old pharmacist.
"I came to see if he would convince me but he failed. The brothers have no principles. They will be a second NDP," Samir al-Hanafi, a 24-year-old journalism student, said, referring to Mubarak's now dissolved National Democratic Party.