Morsi: Protests are not a means of imposing opinions
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi signalled Wednesday that he would not yield to planned Sunday protests calling for early presidential elections, dpa reported.
"Peaceful protests and sit-ins are a way of expressing opinions and not a means of imposing opinions," he told senior officials and supporters.
Morsi called for immediate dialogue with the opposition, promising to support any agreed amendments to the country's constitution.
In his two-and-a-half hour speech, Morsi said he had ordered ministers and provincial governors to immediately dismiss any officials "causing problems for citizens" and to take steps to address Egypt's fuel crisis.