Egypt's Military: In 48 Hours, We Step In

But it promises not to be 'a party in politics or rule'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 1, 2013 11:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Protesters may say they want Mohamed Morsi out by tomorrow, but odds are he's going to pay a lot more attention to the ultimatum the military issued today, saying that if he and the rest of Egypt's political class couldn't resolve the protest within 48 hours, it would step in. In a statement read on television, General Abdel Fattah didn't explicitly call on Morsi to step down, the New York Times reports, but he said the military would impose its "own road map for the future."

In a statement, the military characterized the protests as "glorious," according to the AP. But it also strove to appear impartial, saying that it would "not be a party in politics or rule."

Egyptian protesters shout slogans and wave national flags during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir  Square in Cairo, July 1, 2013.
Egyptian protesters shout slogans and wave national flags during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo, July 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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