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