Morsy pledges to continue revolution with political powers in press conference
Presidential hopeful Mohamed Morsy pledged on Thursday during a press conference that he will not make any compromises to jeopardize the revolution. Morsy denounced the supplementary constitutional declaration issued by SCAF by saying that such amendments give the council the chance to remain in power after June 30, the day SCAF has assigned to hand in power. Morsy repeated that the declaration required a popular referendum.
He also stated that the People's Assembly should be reinstated while rejecting the formation of the National Defense Council; he also added that SCAF's decisions nowadays should worry everyone involved in Egypt's political scene.
Morsy dismissed the possibility of violence and said that such rumors are only spread by the remnants of the old regime. He also added that they don't have problems with the judiciary system or the armed forces, but they have some conflicts with specific judges and decisions by SCAF.
Morsy pledged that he would include youth representatives in his presidential administration and cabinet. He assured that the cabinet will be a coalition government that won't include FJP solely. Prominent activists Wael Ghonim and Ahmed Maher were among the people present in Morsy's press conference.
Morsy's press conference comes hours after SCAF issued a strongly-worded statement in response to massive demonstrations in Tahrir and other squares around the country.
A picture from Morsy's press conference
Morsy's press conference starts
Morsy was introduced as Egypt's next president.
Morsy says they will continue to protest for Egypt's stability.
Morsy demands that PEC announces the results as soon as possible, he also mentions that the national alliance will continue.
Morsy says that results are known and they won't allow anyone to ''mess around'' with it.
Morsy reiterates that SCAF's constitutional annex required a popular referendum
Morsy says they respect court's verdicts, yet they reject SCAF's decision to dissolve Parliament along with their constitutional annex
Morsy says he will not choose a vice president from FJP, instead he will choose either a woman or a copt or a former presidential candidate.
Morsy says that this is the beginning of a political front.
Collective statement of political powers and Morsy: 1) Assuring national partnership and national project
2) A presidential team and a national salvation government that includes all forces; government to be lead by a national and independent person.
3) Forming a crisis administration team and ensure procedures to hand authority.
4) Refusing the constitutional declaration that establishes a military state and take away the president's powers
4) Refusing the dissolution of Parliament
5) Refusing the decision to form National Defense Council
5) Restoring balance in forming constituent assembly in order to write a constitution for all Egyptians
7) Transparency with the population
8) Continuation of public peaceful pressure around the country
9) Building a constitutional democratic modern state that protects rights and citizenship with what is agreed upon with Al Azhar document
Morsy says they don't have problems with the judiciary, maybe some judges, but not the whole institution
Morsy discussed Ministry of Justice's decree
Morsy: We will not allow violence among us, and we only find talks of violence through rumors spread by ex regime's groups
Morsy: Mainting our country is a goal.
Qandil states this is the last chance by stating that they decided to forgive and reach out to Morsy
Qandil was reading the guarantees agreed upon by political powers and Morsy without reading specific names.
Reactions to Hamdy Qandil appearence in the press conference
Wael Ghonim criticizes some of MB's leadership tactics, but says we should allow SCAF to overrule democracy
Analysis regarding Morsy's conference
Reactions regarding revolutionary youth and figures who were surrounding Morsy during the press conference
Reactions to the press conference
Journalist Nadia Abo El Magd responsded to Morsy's press conference and said: ''A candidate I believe although I'm against some of his group's decisions toward the revolution, and I don't understand a word from the candidate of a regime I hate because of their crimes that affected us for centuries''