The prolonged crisis on Egypt peaked. On Monday, after many days covered by street protests, the military gave to the Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi an ultimatum to meet the protester’s demands within 48 hours.
Army stated that they are prepared to suspend the Islamist constitution and dissolve the Parliament setting an interim administration coordinated by the country’s chief justice. It was clearly disclosed that this does not involve a military coup but a request to comply with the majority’s demand.
The option of the Egyptian people for democracy was expressed in the streets, daily, by million. “Today is the day of decisiveness” said Mahmoud Badr, spokesman for the youth movement at a conference Wednesday. He suggested also in the army to place Morsi under arrest because he pushed the country to the brink of civil war. 39 people were killed in violence between opponents and the supporters of Morsi in the last days.
As a reply, Morsi said “there is no substitute for legitimacy.” He used even his official Twitter account to accuse his opponents.
Mohammed Morsi assumed office on 30 June 2012 being a leading member in the Muslim Brotherhood. He granted himself unlimited powers but because protests he annulled later his decree. The actual mass protests erupted across Egypt on June 30.
The military’s deadline is for today around 4 p.m. local time.
U.S. President Barack Obama called his Egyptian counterpart on Tuesday to convey the concern of worsening political crisis in Egypt, said a White House official.