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Anti-Morsi Petition Claims Nearly 15 Million Signatures

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

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

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“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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