Egypt’s ‘rebel’ campaign to reveal final anti-Mursi signature count

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Ahead of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi’s first anniversary in power, organizers of an anti-Mursi campaign are set to reveal the final count of signatures on Wednesday which may lead to mass protests later this week.

The “Tamarod” (rebellion) campaign has attracted global media attention for reportedly garnering some three million signatures as of last week, the group’s organizers said, according to local Egyptian media.

On Wednesday, the campaign, which has been gathering petitions since May 1, will hold a press conference to announce the final count.

Organizers are pushing the document with the aim of “withdrawing confidence” from the president.

According to organizers speaking to Egypt-based Ahram Online earlier this month, the campaign is currently active in 19 out of Egypt’s 27 governorates, as well as in nine foreign countries, calling for a mass protest outside the presidential palace on June 30.

The date marks Mursi’s first anniversary in power.

In June 2012, Mursi came to power with 51.7 percent of the votes in the landmark elections following the 2011 uprising.

Mursi’s tenure has been marked by severe economic crisis, political turmoil and deadly protests. His opponents accuse the president of placing the interests of his Muslim Brotherhood above those of the nation’s.