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Egypt's Morsi uses Twitter to talk to youth

Editor's note: This story includes a clarification.

President Muhammed Morsi, often criticized by young Egyptians for a lack of democratic reforms, on Wednesday took to the social-media site Twitter to request questions from youth.

A post on the Egyptian presidency's official English-language Twitter account read: "The President's account @MuhammadMorsi will receive questions tonight (9-9:30) & President Morsy will respond via Twitter tomorrow morning."

According to an NBC News translation, Morsi's original Arabic tweet read: "My youth I'm happy and honored to receive your questions today from nine o'clock until nine-thirty. The mechanism to ask questions (link)"

According to Morsi’s official Facebook page, the Q&A was so that Morsi could directly communicate with young people.

Morsi’s spokesman said the president would answer the questions on Thursday. It was unclear if he would respond publicly or directly to the person posting the tweet.


Some Twitter users complained that many of the tweets were jokes. Other tweets to Morsi, whose official handle is @MuhammadMorsi, asked for personal meetings and even for results of official investigations into violence.

According to The Associated Press, youth groups have said that Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood did not officially join the uprising against former ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's regime until it became clear that its momentum was irreversible.

Other world leaders, including President Barack Obama, have used social media to communicate directly with citizens.

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