More than 22 million people have signed a petition in Egypt demanding the departure of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and a snap election, the News Daily website reports today (June 30, 2013).
"Our petition has gathered 22,134,465 signatures," Tamarod (the opposition group) spokesman Mahmud Badr told journalists last night -- the eve of today's first anniversary of Morsi's inauguration for which it has called nationwide protests. Millions of protesters -- both for and against Morsi -- are expected to demonstrate throughout Egypt today.
The petition figure is higher than the number of people who voted for Morsi in last year's presidential election -- 12.23 million.
Morsi, 62, stands accused by his critics of failing to carry out the goals of the 2011 revolution that brought him to power, and of actually worsening his Islamic administration's relationship with the Coptic Orthodox Church -- Egypt's largest Christian church.