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Egyptian military gives President Morsi an ultimatum, prepares to step in to quell crisis
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Five Cabinet ministers said they had resigned from the Morsi government to join the protests, the state news agency MENA reported.
“The army is welcomed by the people to mediate a solution, not to rule again,” Moushira Khattab, a former Egyptian minister of family and population who joined the protesters in Cairo, said Monday in a Wilson Center conference call.
The military is the “last lifeline” for Egyptians, she said.
Nabil Fahmy, a former Egyptian ambassador to the United States who was also on the Wilson Center call, said the military’s statement “proves again that the only way out is that the army has to step in, not to rule, but to meet the people’s will.”
“The fact that this possibility is now on the table is a testament to the fact that Egypt’s state is on the verge of collapse, and that Morsi’s lack of control has rendered him a president in name only,” Mr. Trager said.
“Events may be moving too quickly for Morsi to reverse the campaign against him, but if he outlines a serious plan for navigating out of the current political crisis, such as a process for revising the constitution and mechanisms for more inclusive governance, he would likely win the military’s acquiescence, because the military does not want to rule the country again, given its sour previous experience,” he said.
Opposition activists, who have organized under the banner of “Tamarod,” or “Rebellion,” want Mr. Morsi to step down by 5 p.m. Tuesday or risk an escalation in the protests.
“[Mr. Morsi‘s] time is over,” Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat, chairman of the Reform and Development Party in Egypt, said on the Wilson Center call. “This is sort of a correction to the revolution which has to take place.”
However, Mr. Morsi may be helped by disarray in the opposition and a lack of common vision and credibility among political parties.
Many supporters fear the tension will deteriorate into widespread conflict.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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