July 1st, 2013
11:39 PM ET

Egypt's military gives Morsy ultimatum

Just don't call it a coup.

Appearing to throw its weight behind an opposition that swarmed Cairo's Tahrir Square, the Egyptian military told the country's civilian government it has until Wednesday evening to "meet the demands of the people" or it will step in to restore order. In a statement carried nationwide on radio and television, the military called the 48-hour ultimatum "a final chance to shoulder the burden of a historic moment in our country."

But a military spokesman said late Monday that the culture of the armed forces - which dominated the country for decades - "doesn't allow it to adopt the policy of military coups." The statement was meant to push all factions toward quick solutions and a national consensus, and the armed forces aren't looking to be part of the political or ruling circles, the spokesman, Col. Ahmed Ali, said in written statement.

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  1. saywhat

    Morsi was clearly unable to do the balancing act when history provided him the chance to be the leader of the 'moment'.
    People of Egypt who took destiny into their own hands to shape their future a year back are now looking again at a military dictatorship. Sad.

    July 2, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Unfortunately for us there are those here who can't see beyond their own limited sphere of knowledge, mostly being nourished on hate & ignorance.good morning above blogger.

    July 2, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. rupert

    Rascal Rabble, you remind me of my favorite movie character of all time. I bet you look like her too. MAMMY in Gone with the Wind.

    July 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |