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In Pictures: Tamarod surpasses 22 million signatures

The group proposes a six-month transitional road map



By:Salma Abdullah

The Tamarod campaign announced on Saturday that they had collected over 22 million signatures in their petition campaign to withdraw confidence from President Mohamed Morsi and hold early presidential elections in a press conference.
“The president lost his legitimacy when he didn’t follow the law or the constitution and when he put the interests of his group before those of the Egyptians,” said Tamarod founding member Mohamed Abdel- Aziz .
The group proposed a six-month transitional road map where they hand power to an independent prime minister who would head a technocratic government. The head of the constitutional court would be assigned the duties of the president, but with limited powers, until holding presidential elections.
The statement added that the National Defence Council would have the authority to fulfil its national security responsibility towards the country.
Tamarod spokesperson Mahmoud Badr said that they would close all Tamarod branches and their headquarters would instead be located in the squares all over the country, adding that they would release a statement everyday at 10 pm detailing what is happening around the country.
Badr said that the 30 June protests are a continuation of the 25 January revolution. “Tamarod wouldn’t be the leader, it is the Egyptian people who will lead us,” Badr added.
Badr asked people to participate in 30 June protests saying, “The petitions without the sit-ins and protests would be useless.”
The starting points of the 30 June marches include marches in Heliopolis, Shubra, Nasr City, Ein Shams and Al-Matareya that will head to the Presidential Palace, while marches from Mostafa Mahmoud mosque, Haram and Giza will head to Tahrir Square.

Photos By: Aaron T. Rose

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  • Ibrahim Ben Nemsi

    The millions of signatures for Tamarod prove that many Egyptians are unhappy with the current situation.

    However, the ideas of those millions how to solve it might be very different from the ideas of the activists who organise Tamarod.

    If President Morsi did in fact resign, most Egyptians would probably vote for an experienced figure from the old regime like Shafiq, in the hope of restoring law and order, and not for some inexperienced revolutionary.

    In this case, the Tamarod activists and the Muslim Brotherhood leaders might soon become friends again – sharing the same prison cells …