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June 10, 2013 4:31 pm

Anti-Morsi Petition Claims Nearly 15 Million Signatures

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Photo: Wilson Dias/ABr via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Organizers of a campaign seeking to “remove confidence” in Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi say they have nearly 15 million signatures for a petition to hold early presidential elections, the Egypt Independent reported.

The opposition campaign called Tamarod, which means “rebel” in Arabic was launched in early May with the aim of collecting 15 million signatures to outnumber the votes gained by Morsi in last year’s presidential election.

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Spokesperson Mahmoud Badr said the opposition is campaign “studying the possibility of confidentially submitting the forms to the Supreme Constitutional Court” before June 30.

“We are printing the forms on CDs to preserve them,” Badr said.

The group, which claims no political affiliation but has been generally supported by Egypt’s liberal opposition, the National Salvation Front, and also hopes to hold a series of rallies on June 30.

Since taking power last year, Morsi’s tenure as president has been marked by domestic unrest, a severe economic crisis, and political turmoil.

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