Current Event Cat of the Day: Morsi’s Ultimatum

Morsi Ultimatum

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been given an ultimatum: get out or…. get out.

On Monday the Army delivered an ultimatum giving Morsi 48 hours to satisfy the public’s demands or the armed forces would intervene and impose their own “road map” out of the crisis. Considering the demands of the people are for Morsi to resign, it’s unlikely Morsi will find a compromise. Instead, he decided to deny the ultimatum, saying the Army never consulted him before giving the 48-hour ultimatum for him to give up power. He claimed the army’s declaration could cause confusion, and the presidency would continue on its own path towards national reconciliation.

Other members of his government seemed a little more concerned and began to jump ship. Since the mass outbreak of anti-Morsi protests on Sunday, six high-ranking officials have quit his cabinet, including Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. Morsi’s grip on the country was further loosened when a court ruled that the Morsi-appointed prosecutor general, Talaat Abdallah, be removed.

As the ultimatum deadline approaches, thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square in central Cairo, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising, to demand Morsi step down. The mass protests began on Sunday, the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration, and were the largest Egypt has seen since the Mubarak days. Hours before the military ultimatum, the group organizing the anti-Morsi protests, Tamarod (Rebel), issued an ultimatum of its own, giving Morsi until Tuesday afternoon to step down or it would escalate the rallies. Not quite as concerning as a military coup, but still a threat nonetheless.

The ball is now in Morsi’s court.

Via: The New York Times & Current Event Cats

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