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Egypt's 'Rebel' campaign now online

Anti-Morsi petition drive launches website to build on over 3 million signatures collected so far

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 May 2013
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Supporters of 'Rebel' campaign hold aloft signature forms during a protest (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Egypt's fast-growing 'Rebel' campaign, which is collecting signatures for a vote of no confidence in President Morsi, has launched an official website.

The campaign, which officially opened on 1 May, had around 3 million signatures by last week, according to organisers.

A press conference will be held within the next couple of days to give an update on the number of signatures collected.

The initiative has been backed by a large number of political parties and high-profile political figures.

Allies of the president have been quick to condemn the campaign, with some calling it illegal and unconstitutional.

'Rebel' campaigners have reportedly been attacked – allegedly by Islamist supporters of the president – and briefly detained while collecting signatures.

When asked about the campaign during his current visit to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, President Morsi said those involved should not forget the key principles of democracy.

"Some people say that I barely got 52 percent of the votes in [last year's] presidential election [runoff against Ahmed Shafiq], but legally and constitutionally I am the legitimate president," Morsi said.

'Rebel' hopes to collect 15 million signatures in support of a vote of no confidence in President Morsi, outnumbering the 13.2 million votes he won in Egypt's first-ever free presidential poll in June 2012.

The campaign hopes to conclude with a million-strong rally outside the presidential palace in Cairo to demand immediate presidential elections. The petition will be submitted to the public prosecutor.

The website – www.tamarod.com – is geared towards collecting signatures online and is available in Arabic, English, French and German.

 

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Mido
12-06-2013 07:08pm
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Sami Pierre
27-05-2013 11:37am
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Vote Morsi Out through the Ballot Box
The ballot box is the most common & legitimate democratic tool used to choose leaders in most civilized countries. Morsi was democratically elected in 2012. Give him a chance to do something for Egypt, and if you still don't want him, then VOTE him out of office at the end of his 4-year term. The current rebellious campaign is not respecting democracy. Has anyone thought what would happen in Egypt if Morsi were to be forced to step down? Who would run the country? Mohamed ElBaradei? Hamdeen Sabbahi? UAE-residing Ahmed Shafik? The Military, again? And, more importantly, do you think the Islamists will keep quiet if something like that happened? Aren't we all tired of protests, riots & factional clashes that have crippled Egypt in the last 2 years? Do we really want more of that?
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Farid
27-05-2013 10:26am
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"Allies of the president have been quick to condemn the campaign, with some calling it illegal and unconstitutional". But it is legal and constitutional that PRISON ESCAPEE (fugitive) is a head of the country... Hypocrisy is blessing for those who rule.
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Antony
26-05-2013 03:48pm
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Restore human rughts
Morsi failed to acknowledge the overwhelming evidence suggesting his political allies and supporters were active participants in the violence, blaming only the opposition. He also rode roughshod over the presumption of innocence, claiming that people detained in the incident had confessed their guilt, although prosecutors were still questioning them, and, soon after, released them for lack of evidence.
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Noura
26-05-2013 09:25pm
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Only the people can unseat the President, not the thugs
99.99% of the violence was committed by the opposition which was frustrated by its electoral defeats. It was the opposition which called on the military to intervene. The president was elected by the people.
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