The office of president Mohamed Morsi said Sunday dialogue is the only way out of Egypt’s political crisis, as thousands took to the streets to demand the his ouster.
“Dialogue is the only way through which we can reach an understanding. The presidency is open to a real and serious national dialogue,” presidential spokesman Ehab Fahmy told reporters.
He urged protesters to maintain “the peaceful nature” of their protest, pointing to the anti-Morsi rallies as proof of freedom of expression in Egypt.
In an interview with the Guardian, Morsi rejected opposition calls for early presidential elections and said he would not tolerate any deviation from constitutional order.
He said that his early resignation would undermine the legitimacy of his successors - creating a recipe for unending chaos.
“If we changed someone in office who (was elected) according to constitutional legitimacy - well, there will people or opponents opposing the new president too, and a week or a month later, they will ask him to step down,” Morsi said.