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Tahrir packed on eve of Morsi inauguration

CAIRO -- Muslim Brotherhood supporters flocked to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to hear Mohammed Morsi speak on the eve of his inauguration as Egypt's first Islamist, civilian president.

The rally's slogan, "Powers of the president," heralds what may prove a prolonged struggle between the Islamists and army generals who have imposed stark curbs on presidential prerogatives.

Morsi was expected to address the nation from Tahrir at about 6 p.m. (1600 GMT). He will swear his oath of office at 11 a.m. on Saturday before the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo.

The usual venue is parliament, but the same court dissolved the Islamist-led lower house this month in a ruling backed, if not orchestrated, by the army.

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