CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's main opposition coalition has rejected the Islamist president's offer for dialogue on reconciliation and says it insists on holding early presidential elections.
A statement by the National Salvation Front read by reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei said Mohammed Morsi's 2 ½-hour speech late Wednesday reflected a "clear inability" to acknowledge the difficult conditions in Egypt.
Morsi spoke ahead of opposition plans for street rallies on June 30 aimed at forcing him from office. He told his opponents to use elections not protests to try to change the government and counseled the military, which has warned it would intervene if violence breaks out, to focus on improving its capabilities and defending the nation.
Speaking Thursday, ElBaradei said "nothing will change our determination to go out on June 30 everywhere in Egypt."