6 Ministers Quit as Morsi Rejects Army Ultimatum
On shaky ground, he opts to stick with 'comprehensive national reconciliation'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 2, 2013 6:24 AM CDT
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(Newser) – Mohamed Morsi says he wasn't informed in advance of yesterday's military ultimatum, that it "may cause confusion in the complex national scene," and he's not going to accept it anyway. The army said it would step in if the crisis wasn't settled within 48 hours, but Morsi says that "the presidency is going on in its pre-planned path to hold a comprehensive national reconciliation," the BBC reports. But he's already on shaky footing, with five ministers resigning yesterday in "solidarity with the people's demand to overthrow the regime"; today, it emerged that the foreign minister has submitted his resignation as well.

Responding to concerns that the army's ultimatum could amount to a coup, the army posted on Facebook that it "does not aspire to rule and will not overstep its prescribed role." Meanwhile, violence has been reported between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters. President Obama called Morsi to prod him to heed protesters and reach a political resolution, the White House says. A BBC correspondent sees little chance Morsi can hang onto power.

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Jul 2, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
The blind Muslim support shown to this dictator is on par with blind support of ass Obama by liberals As long as he speaks your language,There it is Rule with iron fist,Sharia law, here it is Stimulus, welfare and free crap.... they can do no wrong!! Typical partisan blind followers of idiots!
Jul 2, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
I didn't think this Islamist would last long. The Israeli and the CIA are making sure of it. Their generals are owned by us. We pay the most. They are also western trained. This is very good news for the middle east.
Jul 2, 2013 8:23 AM CDT
Obobo needs to stay out of it. He's the one who helped put this fool in power in the first place.