Tuesday 16 January 2018

Egyptian protesters reject offer for talks

Reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei
Reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei

Hamza Hendawi

Egypt's main opposition coalition has rejected the Islamist president's offer for dialogue on reconciliation and said it insists on holding early elections.

The rejection puts further pressure on Mohammed Morsi just days ahead of planned mass protests seeking his overthrow.

A statement by the National Salvation Front read by reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei said Mr Morsi's speech on Wednesday reflected a "clear inability to acknowledge the difficult conditions in Egypt because of his failure in running the country since he took office a year ago".

In the speech, Mr Morsi defended his performance in his first year in office, admitting to making mistakes but also claiming achievements.

Irish Independent

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