If a Petition Can Force Morsi From Office, Why Can’t the Same Remove Obama?
July 1, 2013
Egypt’s Tamarod Campaign is an unprecedented petition drive calling for the impeachment of Mohamed Morsi. Tamarod claims to have more than 15 million signatures. That’s 2 million more than voted for Morsi in last year’s presidential elections. The Egypt Independent, an English-language newspaper, claims the number is much higher – around 22 million signatures, a significant percentage of the nation’s 82 million citizens.
The group plans “to announce their full count ahead of Sunday’s protests but have claimed to have as many as 20 million signatures, which they collate, confirm and record in a database in a precise operation, knowing their count will be questioned,” ABC News reported last week.
Tamarod – Arabic for “rebellion” – rapidly expanded from a petition drive into a full-blown grass roots political movement that is now challenging the Muslim Brotherhood and its radical Sunni Salafist allies in the north African country. It is calling for a long-term sit-in and boycotts of payment to the government for electricity, water, gas, taxes, and taxi fees. If Morsi refuses to step down, Tamarod proposes the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court serve as acting president until new elections can be held.
The demand was echoed by Egypt’s military. On Monday, it issued a statement warning it will take over the government if Morsi does not agree to step down.