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Egypt's anti-Morsi 'Rebel' campaign says it has gathered 15 mn signatures

'Rebel' signature drive claims to have collected 15 million citizens' endorsements in support of its calls for President Morsi's ouster and snap presidential elections

Osman El Sharnoubi, Thursday 20 Jun 2013
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Supporters of the Rebel campaign gather at a conference in Qalioubiya province, Egypt, (Photo: Rebel campaign).

Egypt's opposition 'Rebel' signature campaign on Thursday announced that it had reached its target of 15 million citizens' signatures in support of a "withdrawal of confidence" from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

At a conference convened in Egypt's Qalioubiya governorate north of Cairo, campaign co-founder Mahmoud Badr declared that the initiative had collected over 15 million signatures endorsing its position, according the campaign's official Facebook page.

Launched in May, the 'Rebel' campaign quickly gained momentum as anti-Morsi sentiment grew amid growing political polarisation and a persistent economic downturn during Morsi's first year in office.

The Muslim Brotherhood – from which Morsi hails – remains under fire for its perceived failure to make any progress since coming to power. The Brotherhood also holds a majority in Egypt's upper house of parliament, which is temporarily endowed with legislative powers.

The presidency, for its part, rejects claims that it has failed to govern the country, publishing a report on Wednesday claiming to have made progress in several areas.

The 'Rebel' campaign is based on the assertion that Morsi is carrying out policies identical to those of ousted president Hosni Mubarak. It is now calling for mass demonstrations on 30 June to call for snap presidential elections.

Morsi's supporters, meanwhile, have launched a counter-campaign, members of which claim to have collected ten million signatures in support of the president.

They argue that Morsi was democratically elected, saying the president's critics are legally obliged to wait until the end of his term when they will have a chance to vote him out of office.

'Rebel' founders, for their part, argue that Egypt is still in the throes of revolution, and refuse to wait another three years for Egypt's next presidential poll.

Fears of violence

Amid growing fears of violence on 30 June, the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies are planning a counter-rally on Friday dubbed "No to violence," in which they plan to promote "peaceful" means of protest.

The Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party said in a recent statement that they would hold leaders of the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) responsible for any outbreak of violence during upcoming demonstrations.

While the 'Rebel' campaign is supported by the NSF, it is independent of it. Founders of the campaign stress that it is a peaceful movement.

At Thursday's conference, the campaign said it would request the United Nations – as an "impartial" party – to count the signatures it had collected to ensure their authenticity.

Morsi and the Brotherhood, meanwhile, say there is no legal or constitutional basis for holding early presidential elections. The 'Rebel' campaign, however, insists on its legitimacy and intends to present its signatures to Egypt's High Constitutional Court on 30 June.

Organisers say the 15 million votes – two million more than the votes garnered by Morsi in the final round of last year's presidential elections – represent a majority of Egyptians who want Morsi out of office.

Several clashes between Brotherhood members and supporters and 'Rebel' campaigners have been reported nationwide within the past month. 

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Ahmed Fakhry Kadry
01-07-2013 10:19am
God Save Egypt
In The Beginning I Want To Cheer All Real Egyptians Around The World, We Need To Have A real Liberal Democratic Leader With Islamic Faith& Belief In Order To Work On Continuing Our Liberty From Old Systems& In The Same Time To Be AN Assertive, Strong Egyptian Patriot To Face West Invasion To Us Via Those Whom Are Hiding Behind Islam Slogans, meanwhile they don't belong to Real Islam's Spirit. Muslims Brotherhood Have Their Own Agenda& They Suffered From Ignorance Of Many Years& That's Why They Have Hatred Toward Everybody& Trust No One Except Each Other& I Represent The Real Moderate Egyptians &Don't Want Them Anymore Among us Not only Ruling Us.
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Ahmed Fakhry Ahmed Kadry
30-06-2013 06:36am
All Of Us Are Going To Let Him Step Down Peacefully Other Wise They Have To Search For Another Country To Spoil .. But Not Egypt
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21-06-2013 01:29pm
15 million lies
15 Million lies. I am sure that Mursi would win if elections were to be held tomorrow
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25-06-2013 05:09pm
15 Million Lies
Well! some signatures could possibly be genuine but certainly a lot must be fake signatures. Had they collected 15 million signatures, they will surely want elections because they can control parliament and would be able to call for a no confidence vote against Morsi. The truth is these people know they will not win and trying to get the ministerial job by the back door.

21-06-2013 03:58am
What A Pathetic Way To Understand Democracy
It's not your assertions that Islamists are barbaric, violent, uneducated loosers and liars ? Surely now it's very clear who are all the above .. You claim UN to count these assertions of 15+ millions signatures. Has this ever happened anywhere in the history of the world ? The answer is NO. May be we ask UN to run our country. If you can get votes of any number you would not have objected to Parliametry Elections for the 3rd time in less than two years. One thing rebels need to bear in mind there is no force in the world to seperate Egypt with her Islamists' identity...
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23-06-2013 09:52am
UN vote monitoring
"You claim UN to count these assertions of 15+ millions signatures. Has this ever happened anywhere in the history of the world ? The answer is NO." I suggest you do a little more reading about what actually goes on in the rest of the world before you make statements like this. It happens all the time. There are 193 countries in the UN, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and even Egypt, so what's your problem? Too many of you guys seem to think that United Nations means USA.
21-06-2013 09:08pm
It is the brotherhood the ones want to go UN
hahaha you can't even read properly.

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