Tamarod approaches 15 million signatures

Tamarod approaches 15 million signatures

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Mon, 10/06/2013 - 18:05
Egypt's groundswell opposition Tamarod campaign has almost gathered 15 million signatures, according to spokesperson Mahmoud Badr. 
 
The umbrella group, which means "rebel" in Arabic, originally set the goal of 15 million signatures for a petition which will rally for early presidential elections on June 30.
 
"We are studying the possibility of confidentially submitting the forms to the Supreme Constitutional Court before 30 June,” Badr revealed. “We are printing the forms on CDs to preserve them.”
 
Female members of the opposition National Salvation Front handed over another 50,000 forms to the campaign on Sunday.
 
"We all support the campaign," said Mona Mounir from the Free Egyptians Party.
 
Abdel Meguid al-Kholy, head of the Farmers Union, said the union is organizing an event for Friday for all farmers from Menufiya and neighbouring governorates to collect more signatures. 
 
“We are against the Brotherhood following the same policies of the disbanded [Mubarak-era] National Democratic Party,” he said.
 
Tamarod's spokesperson in Paris, Basma Awad, has claimed she has coordinated with French police to stage peaceful solidarity demonstrations outside Egypt on 30 June.
 
"We will raise the Egyptian flag and pictures of the martyrs of the revolution,” she said.
 
“We want to withdraw confidence from President [Mohamed] Morsy,” said campaign coordinator in Paris, Ahmed Ismail.
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm