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Egyptian military gives 48 hour ultimatum to Brotherhood, political forces
Ahram Online, Monday 1 Jul 2013
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The Egyptian Armed Forces issued a televised statement on Monday afternoon giving Egyptian political forces 48 hours to "fulfil the people's demands," otherwise the armed forces would present a political "roadmap" for the country that would include all political currents.

"The Egyptian Armed Forces will not become involved in politics or administration; it is satisfied with its role as is spelt out in line with democratic norms," read the statement, stressing that Egyptian national security was in "great danger" and referring to the armed forces' "responsibility" to step in if national security was threatened.

"The Egyptian Armed Forces have set a deadline, which ended yesterday [Sunday], for all political powers to reconcile and end the current crisis, but no progress has been made. Consequently, the Egyptian people have taken to the streets," the statement read.

"Wasting more time will mean more division and conflict, which is what the armed forces warned of and of which it continues to warn," the statement added.

According to the statement, the absence of national consensus is what led the people to take to the streets in full determination, "which has been praised on the internal, regional and global level."

The statement went on to warn that more time would only lead to greater polarisation, urging all parties to put the public interest first.

"The armed forces reiterates its call that the demands of the people be met," the statement read, giving political factions a 48-hour period "as a last chance to bear the historical burden that the nation is currently facing."



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Another Critic.
02-07-2013 01:15pm
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21st century?
What a ridiculous comment to state that Egypt was in a worse place in the 17th Century?! Its called history, which all civilizations move forward from. I hope Egypt overcome this set back, Its such a beautiful country and the culture and history is capturing. But what is this nonsence of Lynching and public retribution. Leaving widows and orphans in your countrymens homes?! MLK: "Cannot be reconciled when theres no justice in the world". However, Im afraid to admit that this turmoil will be a painful longevity which the Egyptian people will have to endure... I hope they find some commiseration from the thoughts of a humble westerner that wishes them the luck they deserve.
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Tofael Ahmmed
02-07-2013 07:46am
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What is Democracy
I would like to ask the opposition regarding the explanation of democracy. Bound to step down of an elected president before fulfilling his 4 years term? Burning the political parties head quarter? Killing people? Terrorizing the common people? If you believe the democracy, why do you not going to the next lower house parliament election? If you have the (so called) popularity easily secure the majority seat and form the govt. Then president can not anything of his own alone. So, What should we think about your democracy when you want the elected president must step down without election???
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Gerry Young
01-07-2013 10:08pm
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Down With The Dictator
Morsi was elected on his promise of moderation and inclusion, but instead, he has done everything to run roughshod over his opponents, in an effort to push his Islamic, and Muslim Brotherhood agenda.
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AG
01-07-2013 11:27pm
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That's not true
that is simply not true. Please show me the situations in which he "ran" over his opposition? They refused to even meet with him!
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Mohiuddin
01-07-2013 08:07pm
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Give chance to Mursi. One year not enough.
military's vision of the new government due to its undemocratic nature will meet stiff resistance and become ungovernable. Morsi's supporters are not going to simply accept it. Will the military do the same when the Muslim Brotherhood respond in the same manner as the opposition doing now. The military should now say that marshal law will be declared and anyone trying to bring down legitimate government by force is committing treason. All street protest are banned because they are no longer peaceful by the high casualties and including deaths. In all democratic countries, Police and military are security forces and they don't support actions to bring down an elected government. General Al Sisi! Do not try to correct democracy by military dictatorship. It will fail miserably.
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Tony
02-07-2013 10:41am
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One year not enough LOOOOOL
this is the further of people it only takes one chance to fix it or kill it i would agree with you if we saw one thing promising but he has done nothing and brought the country down to bits hence there are millions in the street hating him. i suppose thats enough said about this inhuman man.
Wade
01-07-2013 10:30pm
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Ultimatum.
morsi and his brothers are unfit to govern. They are parasites that will devour the poor country and leave it in more ruin than its. What Egypt needs now is a leader that can be accepted by most Egyptians and not beholden to an idea or a bunch of gangster.
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Zahir
01-07-2013 06:10pm
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Egypt politician
all democratic forces must prevent army to come power. Otherwise egypt will be in dark again for another 30 years.
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Tony
02-07-2013 10:35am
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Think before writing
They said several times they will not and don't want to get involved in politics.
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abdulrahman
01-07-2013 05:28pm
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Political Solution By Military Will Lead To Greater Turmoil
The 48 hour ultimatum by military is a threat to Morsi to accede to the demands of the opposition. It will be the greatest error of judgement and actions of the Chief of Armed Forces cum Defense Minister in the history of Egypt. We assume the military road map as a political solution to be imposed by the military based on the demands of the opposition which will leave out Morsi and Brotherhood from the leadership. Mark my word, the military's vision of the new government due to its undemocratic nature will meet stiff resistance and become ungovernable. Morsi's supporters are not going to simply accept it. Will the military do the same when the Muslim Brotherhood respond in the same manner as the opposition doing now. The military should now say that marshal law will be declared and anyone trying to bring down legitimate government by force is committing treason. All street protest are banned because they are no longer peaceful by the high casualties and including deaths. In all democratic countries, Police and military are security forces and they don't support actions to bring down an elected government. General Al Sisi! Do not try to correct democracy by military dictatorship. It will fail miserably.
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Oliver Jordan
01-07-2013 05:10pm
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Beautiful Revolution
Beautiful revelation. It won't be televised but it will be tweeted and shared by all capable minds. You can't kill an idea, that idea is change. It's happening on every level of this old and over-used paradigm. I hope Egypt get their freedom. I know they will now they have the voice of their army behind them. Peace and love people.
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AG
01-07-2013 11:29pm
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The army was the old regime
With all due respect, the army WAS the old regiem that led the country for 60 years. It was an alliance between the army and capitalists. It still is. This is the counter-revolution, they have simply used some disgruntled liberal elements as their cover and they've used their control over the media to control the narrative and sway public opinion. This is actually a disgrace and likely the end of democracy in Egypt.

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