Morsi appeals to opposition for unity

2013-05-22 14:40
Mohammed Morsi (AFP

Mohammed Morsi (AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cairo - Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi appealed Wednesday to the opposition for unity, in the face of criticism he is failing the revolution that brought him to power almost a year ago.

"To all those who love Egypt, to the opposition, those who love this country and care for its interests, let's proceed together... help each other, love each other more... and move forward," said Morsi.

The Islamist president was speaking after a ceremony to mark the release of seven security personnel kidnapped last week in the lawless Sinai peninsula.

"Let's look forward, not back. Let's reconcile with those who seek reconciliation... I call on everyone to sit down together and dialogue, even if we disagree on points of view," he said.

Morsi, who hails from the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, is Egypt's first elected president since the 2011 uprising that toppled his predecessor Hosni Mubarak, himself in power for 30 years.

But his opponents accuse him of placing the interests of his Islamist movement above those of the nation, despite repeated vows to be a "president for all Egyptians".

His tenure has been marked by deep political polarisation, violent unrest and a crippling economic crisis.

Mass protest

Earlier this month, a campaign calling for his ouster gathered over two million signatures, its organisers said, including from high profile activists and celebrities.

The "Tamarod" (Rebellion in Arabic) campaign seeks to withdraw confidence from the Islamist leader because he has failed the revolution that brought him to power, they said.

"Because security has not returned, because the poor have no place, because I have no dignity in my own country... we don't want you anymore," the text reads.

"The campaign was launched because the president is no longer able to manage the country," Tamarod spokesperson Mahmud Badr recently told AFP.

Tamarod has called for a mass protest outside the presidential palace on June 30 when Morsi marks one year in power.

But Morsi urged people to return to the spirit of the 2011 revolution which saw Islamists and secularists, men and women, standing together in an electrifying show of unity to bring Mubarak down.

"I reach out to everyone, to all those who wish this nation well, to really be the children of the January 25 revolution," Morsi said.

"Egyptians after January 25 are one people," he insisted.

Read more on:    mohammed morsi  |  hosni mubarak  |  egypt  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

It may be hard to maintain a steady rhythm as you find yourself juggling a zillion things. Slow down a little and let go of more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.