Egypt's opposition criticizes president's speech

Friday - 6/28/2013, 2:44am EDT

CORRECTS DATE - In this Wednesday, June 26, 2013 image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi delivers a speech, in Cairo, Egypt. Morsi told his opponents to use elections not protests to try to change the government and said the military should focus on its role as the nation's defenders in a nationally televised address on Wednesday, days before the opposition plans massive street rallies aimed at removing him from office. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

HAMZA HENDAWI
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's main opposition coalition on Thursday rejected the Islamist president's offer for dialogue on reconciliation and said it insists on holding early elections, ratcheting up pressure on Mohammed Morsi just days ahead of planned mass protests seeking his ouster.

Adding to an already explosive political atmosphere in Egypt, authorities issued a travel ban on a media tycoon and an arrest warrant for a popular TV presenter -- a sharp critic of Morsi -- in what appears to be an escalation against private media accused by the president of instigating violence and being funded by those loyal to the former regime.

A statement by the National Salvation Front read by reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei said Morsi's 2
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