Summary: Cairo – The Egyptian army has asked President Mohamed Morsi to resolve huge protests against his rule or face intervention within 48 hours, placing huge pressure on country’s first democratically elected leader.
The army said on Monday in a statement on state television that all those involved – including Morsi – had 48 hours to settle the situation or face intervention. The statement called on all groups – opposition and pro-Morsi alike – to end the civil unrest.
“The army gives an ultimatum of 48 hours as a last ditch chance, as the homeland and the nation cannot tolerate any party failing to live up to its responsibilities,” the statement said.
“The national security of the state is in severe danger. We are compelled by our national responsibility… to issue a road map for the future and certain measures… for the participation of all [political] factions.”