The Egyptian military issued an ultimatum Monday to President Mohammed Morsi and the millions of anti-Morsi protestors in the streets of Cairo throughout Egypt: Politicians have 48 hours to reach an agreement on the “people’s demands” or the military will step in and implement its own “road map” for the future of Egypt.
NPR obtained a transcript of the military’s statement that according to the New York Times was read on Egyptian state television.
According to NPR, the full statement reads as follows:
“Armed Forces asserts the following:
The Armed Forces will not take part in the policy making and will not accept a role outside of the democratic framework set by the people.
The nation’s national security is under threat following the latest developments, each side should exhibit responsibility.
The Armed Forces had previously expected this instability, had given a week for the various forces to reach consensus and end the crisis, but this week passed with no action, which led the people to go on the streets, to express there freedom in a manner that impressed the local and international community.
Wasting more time will not result except in more polarization and conflict. The people of Egypt have suffered for so long with no one to save them. Accordingly, the Armed Forces feels obligated to embrace the will of the people who proved they are able to do the impossible.
The Armed Forces renews its call and give the political forces a 48 hour ultimatum as a last chance to carry the burdens of this historic situation that the nation is going through,
The Armed Forces calls upon everyone that if the people’s demands aren’t set within the timeframe, based on its historic and national obligation it will have to declare a roadmap and procedures that oversee to include all mainstreams including the youth who started this glorious revolution without excluding anyone.”
Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Morsi’s election, and protestors took to the streets to demand his resignation. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood-backed government supporters also took to the streets in a counter protest.
The protests have turned violent at times, and the Health Ministry said Monday 16 people have died, the NY Times reported.
According to the Times article:
The fiercest confrontation seemed to be at the Brotherhood headquarters where members of the organization who were trapped inside fired bursts of birdshot at the attackers and wounded several of them.
After pelting the almost-empty building for hours with stones, Molotov cocktails and fireworks, the attackers doused its logo with kerosene and set it on fire, witnesses said, seeming to throw what appeared to be sandbags used to fortify the windows out onto the street.
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