June 28 2013
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This commentary appeared on GlobalSecurity.org on June 28, 2013.
This Sunday marks the latest installment in Egypt's telenovela-style transition. Following parliamentary elections that were later overruled on a legal technicality, a controversial constitution, and seemingly endless Friday demonstrations comes the “Rebel” campaign. Rebel, or Tamarud, is a petition drive aimed at ousting President Morsi by collecting more signatures calling for his resignation than the number of votes he received in the 2012 elections. On June 30, the organizers will take to the streets in a rally that is likely to touch off clashes with security forces and Morsi's supporters, adding to Egypt's chaos and dysfunction.
The Rebel campaign, which has support from civil society groups like April 6th, political movements like Hamdeen Sabahi's Popular Current, and prominent politicians like Amr Mousa, claims to have collected more than 15 million signatures from Egyptians demanding that Morsi step aside in favor of early elections. In an open letter to the president, the Rebel campaign threatened Morsi to “leave voluntarily or prepare for revolutionary trial.” It has accused those seeking reconciliation with Morsi of betraying their fellow Egyptians, who have already decided on his removal.