Egypt’s anti-Mursi petition campaign gathers 13 million signatures

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Organizers of a campaign aiming to “withdraw confidence” from Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi announced in a press conference on Sunday that they had gathered 13 million signatures since petitions were first collected on May 1.

The “Tamarod” (rebellion) campaign has attracted global media attention for planning mass protests on June 30; the date marking Mursi’s first anniversary in power.

The campaign has announced its intention to open branches in public spaces across Egypt in order to collect more signatures for the group's anti-government petition effort, local newspaper al-Masry al-Youm reported.

A campaign spokeswoman, who announced Tamarod had reached the 13 million mark, said on Sunday: "The Egyptian people are the ones who gave confidence (power) to President Mursi, and so we have the the right to withdraw it, because he has breached a contract with the people when he did not meet the demands of the revolution."

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.

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