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Two million sign anti-Morsi petition

AFP, CAIRO

A campaign calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and for early presidential elections has gathered more than 2 million signatures, organizers have said.

The Tamarod (“Rebellion”) campaign seeks to withdran confidence from the Islamist leader because he has failed the revolution that brought him to power, they said.

Since its launch nearly two weeks ago in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Tamarod’s petition has garnered more than 2 million signatures.

“Because security has not returned, because the poor have no place, because I have no dignity in my own country ... we don’t want you anymore,” the text reads.

“The campaign was launched because the president is no longer able to manage the country,” Tamarod spokesman Mahmud Badr said. “We have gathered over 2 million signatures to withdraw confidence from the president [since May 1], which shows that people have suffered a lot from the political crises and the economic situation.”

Tamarod has called for a mass protest outside the presidential palace on June 30, when Morsi marks one year in power.

Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, has dismissed the campaign.

“The only recognized democratic mechanism is the ballot box. Everyone must respect the results of the ballot box, no matter what they are,” FJP spokesman Ahmed Rami said.

Morsi came to power a year ago in Egypt’s landmark elections following the uprising that toppled former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.

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