Egyptian opposition tries to get Morsi blasted into space

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 06:13 hrs

London: An Egyptian opposition group has used a novel way to protest against President Mohammed Morsi by signing him for a chance to win a trip to space.

The April 6 Youth Movement said on its official Facebook page that it had entered the Islamist leader's name in the online contest because it wanted to be rid of him.

According to the Telegraph, the group called on supporters to vote for Morsi so that he gets a chance to win the trip into space.

There was no immediate response from the president's press office to an email seeking comment on the issue.

On its post, the group wrote that 'for sure, no one in the universe can put up with blatant lies, reneging on promises except for the brotherly people of the moon'.

It added that it is for this reason that the president needs your votes. President Morsi, we wish you safe travel.

April 6 was a driving force behind the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak's regime. Many of its supporters backed Morsi in the June 2012 election he narrowly won to become Egypt's first freely-elected president, the report said.

But later, the group became among the fiercest critics of the president and his Muslim Brotherhood, the fundamentalist group from which he hails.

The opposition accuses Morsi of monopolizing power and going back on campaign promises to have an inclusive government and introduce far reaching reforms.

Morsi's supporters said that the new government cannot immediately fix years of neglect and poor administration from Mubarak's 29-year rule.

The group also posted a collage of Morsi, who is a US-trained engineer, in a white space suit.

According to the report, the contest is being run by Axe, a brand of men's grooming products. It promises to send 22 people to the edge of space and back aboard a private spaceship.

For the competition, Axe teamed up with U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon during NASA's Apollo 11 mission in 1969, the report said.

According to the report, contestants sign up and then get their friends to vote for them. Those with the most votes move to the next stage where they compete in their own country for a chance to go into space.

A panel of space experts chooses those contestants they think are prepared to make the trip into space.

The winners then are to fly 64 miles into space with the space tourism company, Space Expedition Corp, it added.

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