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'Rebel' campaign says Morsi lost legitimacy, threatens civil disobedience

Anti-Morsi 'Rebel' campaign says will not accept compromises, once again rejecting presidency’s invitation to national dialogue

Ahram Online , Monday 1 Jul 2013
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi hold up documents from the "Tamarod" campaign during a news conference at their headquarters in Cairo May 29, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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The 'Rebel' campaign (Tamarod) says Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has lost his legitimacy, warning that a civil disobedience will be the next step should he remain in power after Sunday’s massive protests that have called for his ouster.

"In the name of 22 million Egyptians who had signed Rebel's petition... we now announce that Mohamed Morsi Eissa Al-Ayyat is no longer a legitimate president of the Arab Republic of Egypt," reads the statement released by the signature drive, which aims as “withdrawing confidence” from Morsi by collecting endorsements.

The target of the campaign was to collect 15 million signatures to exceed the number of votes Morsi gained in last year’s presidential elections (roughly 13 million). Lately, Tamarod claimed to have amassed 22 endorsements.

Sunday’s statement went on to call on state institutes, including the army, police and judiciary, to take the side of the people, stressing that Sunday’s protests will turn into open-ended sit-ins across the country until their demand is met.

It was the 'Rebel' campaign that called for anti-Morsi protests across Egypt on Sunday, which marked his first anniversary in office. With the majority of opposition forces responding, millions hit the streets.

In the statement, the campaign reiterated its commitment to peaceful protesting; stressing that it "will not allow any terrorist group to drag our precious nation to a civil war."

Tamarod further added that there is no room for compromises or alternatives to the ouster of Morsi and announcing early presidential elections as demanded.

"We give Mohamed Morsi Eissa Al-Ayyat time until next Tuesday, 2 July at 5 PM to leave power, in order for state institutes to start preparing for early presidential elections," read the statement.

The campaign warned that if the demands are not met by the deadline, it will instigate civil disobedience. "The beginning of civil disobedience will be at 5pm on Tuesday [should demands be ignored]," added the statement.

In a press conference aired late on Sunday, presidential spokesman Omar Amer stressed that Morsi would do "anything to appease the public… but unconstitutional demands are unacceptable."

Morsi was elected as president last year after winning the first-ever free elections in Egypt. His supporters, thousands of whom have been holding a sit-at Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque to back him up against opposition protests, argue that his opponents must wait until the coming presidential elections due in 2016 to change the president.

Morsi’s critics usually cite the country’s deteriorating economy and the “incompetence of his administration”. Many of his opponents also believe that the Muslim Brotherhood, from which he hails, is the actual ruling body of Egypt, while Morsi is helping them dominate power.

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Sam Enslow
01-07-2013 10:26am
New Constitution First Then Elections
Please write a new constitution before having more elections. Everyone, or almost everyone, has said that having elections before a constitution was a mistake. Do not do it again. I only make suggestions that the constitution contain a bill of rights (without limitations) and a description of the rights and duties of all government branches. It should also contain the rules for removing any official from office and the reasons under which such actions can be taken, including impeachment and recall. Establish "The Law of the Land" before anyone has power and will use their position to influence the outcome to their advantage (anyone in power will do this). I would also suggest the following: 1. Governors be elected so they are responsible to the people they govern - not Cairo; 2. Elimmination of the Minister of Information; 3. Transfer of the prosecutors office to the Minister of Justice. Judges should only be concerned with interpreting the law and seeing that the law is applied. The current arrangements make the prosecutor a part of "the judges' family". A final suggestion, include the phrase "All powers not specifically granted the government by the Constitution remain with the people."
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01-07-2013 03:15am
Morsi is the lected president of Egypt
Our President is not resigning why should he even think about it ? We give you advise and that is to abandon falools and Egypt is for all of us. We elect and dismiss in a ballot box. Today falool judges released of jail of a crook who owes to our nation 19 billion LE. This amounts to jail breaking. Have you voted for Morsi to oversee this ? Get up and use your brains. You and I and all bonafide Egyptians went out to get rid off Mubarak. In reality he runs Egypt through prison cells. Only falools will want to do more harm to Egypt. If Tuesday 2:00pm Morsi and MB and all Islamists left Egypt. You'll be alone with the sharks. I hope Egyptians understand better than they already have. We all suffering not because of Morsi and MB. In fact they are the only force that can confront falools. SNF will disintegrate because it was built with hate and fear of being held to account by their connection with Mubarak regime. NDP will swallow them a life. Egypt needs you and together we can progress. NDP are being cornered.
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01-07-2013 02:52am
Change the Opposition leadership
Morsi is democratically elected president. If he steps down because the liberal parties lost the presidential elections, and lost the parliamentary elections, and lost the city elections, what will happen to the winner of the elections in the future? The fault is not Morsi or the Muslim Brotherhood. The fault is the failure of the liberal parties to reach out to the Egyptian public. In a word, they are a failure. Think about it, if they failed at everything they did, do you really think they will succeed in running a country with their record of failures?
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