22 million signed Egypt’s anti-Morsi petition


EGYPT-POLITICS-UNRESTMahmoud Badr, founder of Egypt’s ‘Rebel’ signature drive to force President Mohamed Morsi out of power announced Saturday that the campaign had collected over 22,000,000 signatures, surpassing its original goal of 15,000,000 before 30 June.

Badr announced the final outcome of the campaign at a news conference Saturday at the Journalists Syndicate in downtown Cairo.

‘Rebel’ is one of the main organisers of the widely-anticipated anti-government demonstrations slated for Sunday to demand Morsi’s resignation and snap elections.

Morsi supporters have dismissed the petition as invalid, insisting that only elections can decide whether a head of state stays or goes. His term of office is due to end in 2016.

The country was bracing on Saturday for the protests marking the first anniversary of Morsi’s term in office amid violence in which several people have been killed, including a young American.

Opposition protests have sparked counter-demonstrations by the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies that have triggered often bloody clashes across the country.

Morsi, 62, stands accused by his critics of failing the 2011 revolution that brought him to power.

Photo: Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi burn the content of a Freedom and Justice Party office in the coastal city of Alexandria on June 28, 2013. One person ( an American ) was killed and more than 70 injured in Egypt’s second city of Alexandria on Friday as clashes raged between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, state media reported. ( STR/AFP/Getty Images)