Things Aren’t Looking Good for Morsi…

Bye Morsi

Time’s up! The deadline the Egyptian armed forces set for President Mohamed Morsi to find a resolution with his opponents has passed.

On Monday Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was given a 48-hour deadline to make nice with the protesters or the military would intervene. 24 hours later, Morsi remained defiant and refused to step down, rejecting the army’s ultimatum. He made it clear that he had no intention of giving in to this demand, declaring on national television that he was democratically elected and any efforts to remove him from office were “unacceptable.”

Now Morsi is slowly changing his tune. Just before the deadline passed, Morsi issued a statement on Facebook (really?), offering to form an interim coalition government that would oversee parliamentary elections and a committee to amend the Constitution. Never one to blame himself, he blamed the unrest on corruption and remnants of the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak and also on his opponents for not bringing their problems to him sooner.

“The presidency’s vision includes the formation of a coalition government that would manage the upcoming parliamentary electoral process, and the formation of an independent committee for constitutional amendments to submit to the upcoming parliament,” Morsi said in a posting on his Facebook page.

But it may be too little too late for Morsi. The military has placed him on a travel ban and tweets from Egypt indicate that a coup is already under way. Army tanks have begun rolling through the streets of Cairo, as the Egyptian military takes up key sites around the city.

Citing a “senior official source”, the state run newspaper has announced that Morsi “is no longer a part of the decision-making circle.”

“The president is no longer able to make any political decisions now and a decision has been taken to prevent leaders loyal to the current regime from traveling overseas until the General Command of the Armed Forces are finished formulating their expected statement,” the newspaper added.

There is some debate over whether or not to classify this as a military coup, but things aren’t looking great for Morsi. Egyptians are waiting to hear a statement from the army but once (if?) the military takes over, it’s reported that their plan will include an outline for new presidential elections, the suspension of the new constitution and the dissolution of parliament. Just try not vote in Morsi again Egypt!

Via: The New York Times

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