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Egypt’s Tamarod outlives its purpose

The legitimacy and relevance of Egypt’s Tamarod movement are being called into question now that the movement seems to have achieved its goals, mainly the overthrow of former President Mohammed Morsi.
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi hold up documents from the "Tamarod" campaign during a news conference at their headquarters in Cairo May 29, 2013. The Tamarod, meaning "rebel", campaign said on Wednesday that it has gathered more than seven million signatures for a petition aiming for a no-confidence vote against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi which also aims at calling for holding early presidential elections.  REUTERS/Stringer  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ELECTIONS) - RTX10
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CAIRO — Several questions have been raised on the second anniversary, on April 28, of the Tamarod movement (Arabic for “rebellion”) — a grass-roots campaign that played a major role in the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood regime only one year after its ascension to power in Egypt. Chief among those questions were inquiries about the future of Tamarod, its current position in the Egyptian street and the validity of the accusations by the Supreme Administrative Court of Tamarod's having received foreign money and support, particularly from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Tamarod movement, established in 2013, laid out the causes behind its rebellion against Morsi and its call for early presidential elections in a Tamarod form, part of one of Tamarod’s campaigns that includes the sale of the Suez Canal to Qatar, poor people sleeping on an empty stomach, lack of security, poor hygiene in the country, the Egyptian Constitution suiting the Muslim Brotherhood’s convenience, deterioration of economic conditions, lack of citizen dignity and nonrestoration of the January 25 Revolution martyrs’ rights and not holding accountable those responsible for the killings by the Hosni Mubarak regime.

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