National Salvation Front may call for early presidential elections
The opposition coalition National Salvation Front may mobilize supporters to call for early presidential elections, front spokesperson Ahmed Hassan al-Borai said Wednesday.
President Mohamed Morsy took office in June 2012 and is supposed to serve a four-year term, but the opposition group says his poor crisis management amid ongoing unrest may prompt the front to call for elections as soon as possible, Borai told Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Borai, who is also the deputy head of the Dostour Party, claimed Morsy's administration is on the verge of collapse and said calling for early elections is legitimate given the president's obstinacy.
Morsy, the Interior Ministry and the Muslim Brotherhood have insisted on using excessive force against demonstrators, he claimed.
At least 53 people have died in protests in several governorates since demonstrations began last week. Protesters have again taken to the streets against the government and to mark the 2011 uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. Many of this week's casualties died during protests in Port Said against a court verdict sentencing 21 mostly local football fans to death over a rampage following a football match in the coastal city last year.
The National Salvation Front is ordering its member parties to mobilize for Friday protests in Tahrir Square and other squares nationwide to denounce the killing of protesters.
Although Morsy said he gave up leadership positions within the groups when he took office, opposition activists accuse the Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party of taking over the government and have likened them to Mubarak's now-dissolved National Democratic Party.
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