Commenting on the demonstration organised by Islamist forces Friday under the banner “Rejecting Violence,” President Mohamed Morsi said during a conference organised by the Arab Engineers' Union Saturday that the rally reflected the Egyptian people’s rejection of violence.
Morsi, reported Al-Ahram Arabic new website, further stressed that the old regime will not be returning, as “time does not move backwards.” He highlighted the important role that can be played by engineers in developing Egypt.
President Morsi’s statement comes days before planned mass demonstrations demanding early presidential elections and his departure from power. The call to demonstrate on 30 June was first announced by the "Rebel" campaign, which has stated it has already collected 15 million signatures withdrawing confidence from the president.
President Morsi was inaugurated on 30 June 2012 after he garnered 13.2 million votes in the second round runoff against Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq.
The Islamist rally Friday was also organised in opposition to calls for the president to step down. Demonstrators carried pictures of Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood group, and banners supporting an Islamist state.