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Outer-space ouster? Opposition group tries to send Egypt's Morsi to space

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Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi (L) speaks with Saudi Emir Mohammed Bin Saad Bin Abdulaziz, acting deputy Emir of the Riyadh region upon his arrival at Riyadh airport to attend the third Arab Economic, Social and Development Summit, on January 21, 2013 in Riyadh.

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FAYEZ NURELDINE

Egypt's April 6 opposition group has signed President Mohammed Morsi to win a space trip in a bid to get him out of the country, according to the Associated Press

"President Morsi, we wish you safe travels," the group reportedly wrote wistfully on their Facebook page.

April 6 played a critical role in protests that lead to the ousting of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak two years ago, but now they're trying to take anti-government activity literally out of this world. 

"For sure, no one in the universe can put up with blatant lies, reneging on promises except for the brotherly people of the moon," the group said on Facebook, reported AP. "It is for this reason that the president needs your votes."

Morsi would need a lot of votes to win a space slot in the NASA-linked contest, which will send 22 of the most-voted people to the space and back. But as of this writing, he's already at spot number 3 with over 3,000 votes, according to the contest site. The winners are screened and given space training in the United States as part of a contest organized by the AXE male hygiene company, said AP

A win would see Morsi return to America, where he got a degree in engineering. But April 6 wants to see him hanging out in space gear in Florida this time. In what appeared to be a sly reference to former US President Bush's "Mission Completed" fiasco in Iraq, the group posted a photo of a space-suit-wearing Morsi with a caption saying: "I want to go to space because I completed my mission," according to AP

Morsi was elected president in June 2012 but his Islamist-leaning policies have since come under sharp criticism from opposition groups.