Mursi thinks better to 'die standing like tree': aide

CAIRO Wed Jul 3, 2013 8:49am EDT

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CAIRO (Reuters) - A spokesman for Mohamed Mursi said the president believed it would be better to die "standing like a tree", defending the electoral legitimacy of his office, than to go down in history as having destroyed Egyptians' hopes for democracy.

Saying that Mursi was not seeking to cling to office for its own sake, spokesman Ayman Ali told Reuters that, in his overnight speech to the nation, the president had defied calls to resign in order to "defend the democratic system".

"It is better for a president, who would otherwise be returning Egypt to the days of dictatorship, from which God and the will of the people has saved us, to die standing like a tree," Ali said, "Rather than be condemned by history and future generations for throwing away the hopes of Egyptians for establishing a democratic life."

(Reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

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worldscan wrote:
It is ironic that less than 3 weeks after Mursi cut-off relations with Syria because its president (Al-Assad) is refusing to step down, he is faced with the same situation. Poetic justice?

Jul 03, 2013 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bogglesmith wrote:
This Mursi that is talking about preserving democracy is the same one that granted himself sweeping powers not so long ago, right?

Jul 03, 2013 11:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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