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AP Interview: Egypt's Moussa urges new election

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 4:03pm  ET

Amr Moussa, former Secretary-General of the Arab League speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, June 27, 2013. The prominent opposition leader on Thursday criticized Egypt's president for not offering a detailed road map for national reconciliation, saying his offer for a dialogue was a repeat of earlier proposals that never panned out. In comments made later to The Associated Press in an interview, Moussa accused the president of “not taking the opposition seriously.” He said Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist backers were in denial. "They don't want to recognize that there is anger. They are missing the point, a major point. They are in a state of denial" (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

MAGGIE MICHAEL
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Leading Egyptian opposition figure Amr Moussa on Thursday urged the country's Islamist president to listen to the voices of the opposition and respond to their demands by holding early presidential elections.

In an interview with The Associated Press at his office in downtown Cairo, Moussa, a leading member of Egypt's main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, said the group is not calling for "the fall of the regime or staging a coup but heading to the ballot box" to change the president.

"Democracy should be the name of the game. Any change should be through democratic means," he said, adding: "Egypt needs real change in the way Egypt is managed."

Moussa's remarks came after President Mohammed Morsi delivered a lengthy speech late Wednesday ahead of opposition-led mass rallies on June 30 that aim to force him from office, claiming he has failed in office.

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