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Morsi should resign for the good of Egypt: ElBaradei

Head of the National Salvation Front Mohamed ElBaradei said Saturday that many Egyptians who voted for Mohamed Morsi in 2012 now ask for his dismissal and early elections

Ahram Online, Saturday 22 Jun 2013
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Senior opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei (R) and Leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi stand during a news conference ahead of the planned protest against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi, at the end of the month, in Cairo June 22, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said Saturday that even though the Egyptian people voted for President Mohamed Morsi, he now "has to resign so Egypt can start a new stage."

ElBaradei said in a conference held by the opposition umbrella group the National Salvation Front (NSF), which he co-founded, that a large number of Egyptians who voted for Morsi in 2012 are now calling for early presidential elections.  

Egypt is anticipating mass nationwide protests 30 June against Morsi — who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood group — that aim to force him to step down, after which new presidential elections would be held.

The protest is spearheaded by the Rebel campaign, a movement launched in May that aims to withdraw confidence from Morsi by collecting 15 million signatures from citizens to outnumber the 13.2 million that put him into office. The campaign is supported by major opposition groups, including the NSF and the Egyptian Popular Current.

"I thank the Rebel movement and the Egyptian people who took part in the revolution, and what they are doing for 30 June to correct the path of the revolution peacefully," ElBaradei said.

Hamdeen Sabbahi, leading opposition figure and former presidential contender, also said in the conference that 30 June will be the "start of a wave that will end when the revolutionary goals are fulfilled."

He also emphasised that the protests will be peaceful.

ElBaradei added that the ruling regime has focused on "creating divisions in society" rather than working on fulfilling the goals of the January 25 Revolution of social justice, liberty and human dignity. He stated that the regime lacks the ability to rule.

"People ask about the alternative [to Morsi]. The answer is that there is an alternative that will transform the country to the path of the revolution," he said.

ElBaradei called for a system that starts with a new constitution that guarantees equality for everyone.

Both Sabbahi and ElBaradei were supposed to attend a conference in Cairo's working class Imbaba district Friday, and apologised for not attending.

The conference's organiser, the Egyptian Popular Front, founded by Sabbahi, announced that the Friday conference was cancelled for "security reasons". A scaled-down meeting, without the presence of Sabbahi or ElBaradei, went ahead in place of the conference.

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Ahmed M Ibrahim
23-06-2013 11:25am
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For the Good & Best of Egypt:
It is high time that for the good of Egypt's future Mr.Morsi should resign but it also imperative that Mr.El Baradei should not try to replace him. Otherwise it would be simply cholera replacing a plague.
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abdulrahman
23-06-2013 09:54am
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El Baradei VS The Egyptian Electorate
Mr el Baradei! Please look at yourself in the mirror. Are you and your party much bigger than the Egyptian people? We should be ashamed of ourselves to force an elected President to resign. If you are such a super person, have you ever dared to whisper to Mubarak to exercise real democracy? You are brave now because there is real democracy . Look! you and gang have been protesting almost everyday but you refuse election. What are up to? Nation building or nation burning. All Egyptians, please take note about these so called opposition leaders.
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farag
23-06-2013 09:47am
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Look who's taking
With all respect to your Mr. El Baradie, but who gives you the right to ask the elected president to resgin ot to step down. If you have the majority why not you enter the parlimentary elections and form the goverment, do not say that the election will be forged if so how come you call for early presidential elections, shame on you and on anybody who does not care of the Egyptian people and concern on the chair even on the ruin of Egypt. May god protect Egypt from you and your associates
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