Egypt opposition sets deadline for Morsi to quit

Egypt opposition sets deadline for Morsi to quit
Mon Jul 1, 2013 14:02:56

The Egyptian opposition has set a time limit for President Mohamed Morsi to resign, following the latest spate of deadly violence in mass anti-government protests nationwide.

The opposition urged the president to cede power, saying in a Monday statement that “we give Mohamed Morsi until 5:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Tuesday July 2 to leave power, allowing state institutions to prepare for early presidential elections.”

Cairo and other Egyptian cities witnessed major demonstrations for and against President Morsi on Sunday. Reports say seven people died and hundreds more were wounded in the anti-government rallies.

The Egyptian opposition movement warned that if Morsi does not step down until the deadline, the protesters will begin “a complete civil disobedience campaign.”

The Tamarrod (disobedience) movement also urged “state institutions including the army, the police and the judiciary to clearly side with the popular will as represented by the crowds” on Sunday.

The movement rejected presidential calls for dialogue, saying, “There is no alternative other than the peaceful end of power of the Muslim Brotherhood and its representative, Mohamed Morsi.”

The massive protests on Sunday came on the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration as president following the 2011 revolution that toppled the Western-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak.

In a televised address on June 26, Morsi said the polarization of the country’s political life is “threatening to paralyze” Egypt.

On June 27, Egypt’s main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front (NSF), rejected the president’s offer.

Morsi’s supporters, however, say the president is cleansing Egyptian institutions of corruption but needs time to realize the ideals of the revolution.

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