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Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi remains defiant as fears of civil war grow

David Hearst and Patrick Kingsley
The Guardian [1]
June 30, 2013

The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi [2], vowed there would be no second revolution in Egypt [3] as thousands planned to gather outside his presidential palace calling for his removal after only a year in power [4].

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Morsi rejected opposition calls for early presidential elections and said he would not tolerate any deviation from constitutional order. He said that his early resignation would undermine the legitimacy of his successors – creating a recipe for unending chaos.

“If we changed someone in office who [was elected] according to constitutional legitimacy – well, there will people or opponents opposing the new president too, and a week or a month later, they will ask him to step down,” Morsi said.

“There is no room for any talk against this constitutional legitimacy. There can be demonstrations and people expressing their opinions. But what’s critical in all this is the adoption and application of the constitution. This is the critical point.”

Full story here. [5]