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Morsi Support Low Ahead of One-year Anniversary
June 25, 2013

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has hit a new low, with public support for the embattled leader at just 28 percent.

June 30 marks the one-year anniversary of his ascension to the presidency, as the backup candidate of the dominant Muslim Brotherhood, which also secured a majority in Parliament (in the one house whose members haven't been sent home by the judiciary). But it has been a troublesome year, many insist.

The low level of support was voiced in the result of a Zogby Research Services survey of more than 5,000 Egyptian adults. Only 28 percent of those surveyed said that they were satisfied with the country's leadership, including the rest of the government. The military, however, retained strong support, with 94 percent of those surveyed responding favorably to the military's conduct in the past year.

Opponents of Morsi and of the Muslim Brotherhood have called for widespread public protests to mark Morsi's one-year anniversary in office, and supporters of the government have vowed to stage their own demonstrations. In response, Defense Minister General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi recently warned that the army would intervene if the competing demonstrations turned threatening.

The country continues to struggle politically and economically, with a continual dispute between judiciary and Morsi still unresolved and revenues from tourism and other industries still reeling from the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

 
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