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  1. layman

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    Egypt braces for showdown: Army vehicles secure state TV building

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    CAIRO: Egypt braced for a showdown as an army deadline to Egypt President Mohamed Morsi to meet the demands of millions of protesters or face army intervention expired on Wednesday

    The military had issued its ultimatum to Morsi on Monday, giving him 48 hours to either find a solution to the crisis or face being imposed with a roadmap that it has drawn up.

    Security sources said Egyptian troops with armoured vehicles have secured the central Cairo studios of state television. The sources said staff not involved in working on live broadcasts had left the building.

    Meanwhile, the general command of the Egyptian armed forces was meeting with religious, national, political and youth figures, the army said on its official Facebook page.

    “The General Command of the Armed Forces is currently meeting with a number of religious, national, political and youth icons ... There will be a statement issued from the General Command as soon as they are done,†the army said.

    Better to “die standing like a treeâ€

    A spokesman for Mohamed Mursi said the embattled president believed it would be better to die “standing like a treeâ€, defending the electoral legitimacy of his office, than to go down in history as having destroyed Egyptians' hopes for democracy.

    Saying that Mursi was not seeking to cling to office for its own sake, spokesman Ayman Ali told Reuters that, in his overnight speech to the nation, the president had defied calls to resign in order to “defend the democratic systemâ€.

    “It is better for a president, who would otherwise be returning Egypt to the days of dictatorship, from which God and the will of the people has saved us, to die standing like a tree,†Ali said, “Rather than be condemned by history and future generations for throwing away the hopes of Egyptians for establishing a democratic life.â€

    As the deadline approaches when the army high command is expected to step in and reorder Egypt’s political institutions, thousands of Egyptians are taking to the streets as they have since Sunday to call for Morsi’s ouster, while the president's supporters are also staging mass rallies as they vow to defend him.

    Army talks to opposition

    Egypt’s armed forces chief was meeting with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei and top Sunni Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders.

    The talks, focusing on the roadmap the military has threatened to impose, involved General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, former UN nuclear watchdog chief ElBaradei, Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the top Sunni Muslim authority.

    Also present were representatives of the Salafist Al-Nur Party and the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which the embattled president hails.

    Members of the grassroots Tamarod movement, which mobilised millions of people onto the streets on Sunday to demand Morsi’s resignation, were also party to the talks, according to the source.

    Earlier on Wednesday, the political wing of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood refused an invitation to meet the armed forces commander.

    “We do not go to invitations (meetings) with anyone. We have a president and that is it,†said Waleed al-Haddad, a senior leader of the Freedom and Justice Party said.

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    Egypt security slaps travel ban on Mohamed Morsi, allies

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    CAIRO: Egyptian security forces on Wednesday imposed a travel ban on President Mohamed Morsi and several allies over their involvement in a prison escape in 2011, security officials said.

    Airport officials confirmed to AFP that they had received orders to prevent the leaders -- including Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater -- from travelling abroad. (AFP)
     
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    National security adviser says military coup underway in Egypt

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    CAIRO: The national security adviser of President Mohamed Morsi said Wednesday that a military coup was underway. Meanwhile a travel ban has been placed on Morsi and top officials of his government.

    Following the expiry of an army deadline urging the Egyptian president to meet the people’s demands, Morsi proposed a consensus government as a way out of the country’s crisis.

    "The presidency envisions the formation of a consensus coalition government to oversee the next parliamentary election," his office said in a statement on Facebook.

    Morsi reiterated his call for a national dialogue and the formation of a panel to amend the country's controversial Islamist-drafted constitution.

    But he insisted he would stay on as president.

    He said there was a "clear roadmap which is based on constitutional legitimacy... and includes the formation of a temporary coalition government based on national participation to oversee the coming phase."

    "There would be an agreement from all political trends over the (choice of) prime minister," his office said.

    Morsi stressed again he was a "president for all Egyptians" amid fears of unrest as his supporters and opponents protested in Cairo.

    On Sunday, millions of Egyptians poured into the streets to demand Morsi resign.
     
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    Egypt army denies attacking Morsi supporters in Cairo, says securing the area only

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    CAIRO: The Egyptian military deployed armoured vehicles on Wednesday near Cairo demonstrations by supporters of Mohamed Morsi in Cairo as aides of the embattled president decried a "military coup".

    Dozens of armoured personnel carriers headed towards Cairo University where thousands of Morsi protesters massed, vowing to defend his legitimacy.

    The official MENA news agency, citing a senior military official, said APCs were also deployed in the capital's Heliopolis and Nasr City neighbourhoods, where other protests were being held.

    The army erected barbed wire and barriers around a barracks where embattled President Mohamed Morsi was working and deployed armored vehicles and troops to prevent his supporters marching from a nearby rally to his palace, witnesses said.

    The army said in an official statement that it was security the area and denied what it said were reports that it was attacking Morsi's supporters, saying: "The Egyptian army belongs to all Egyptians."

    Meanwhile, a top aide to Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi slammed what he called a "military coup" on Wednesday as an army ultimatum passed and the security forces slapped a travel ban on the Muslim Brotherhood leader.

    "For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let's call what is happening by its real name: Military coup," Essam al-Haddad, Morsi's national security adviser, said in a statement on Facebook.

    As tension mounted and crowds poured into the streets to demand Morsi's resignation, Haddad said: "As I write these lines I am fully aware that these may be the last lines I get to post on this page."

    The announcement came after Morsi proposed a "consensus government" in a last-ditch bid to end Egypt's worst crisis since the 2011 revolution that overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak.

    "The presidency envisions the formation of a consensus coalition government to oversee the next parliamentary election," Morsi's office said on Facebook.

    Tens of thousands of people massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square for an anti-Morsi protest that dwarfed a rally by the embattled president's supporters in Nasr City, on the opposite side of the capital.

    "Come here O Sisi, Morsi isn't my president," the flag-waving protesters chanted in the square, referring to army chief and defence minister, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

    In scorching heat, police officers handed out bottles of water to the demonstrators crammed around their patrol vehicle in the middle of Tahrir, epicentre of the Arab Spring-inspired uprising in 2011.

    The powerful military had issued a 48-hour deadline on Monday for Morsi to meet the "people's demands", a day after millions of protesters took to the streets across the troubled country calling for him to resign.

    Thousands of people were also gathered in Nasr City in a show of support for Morsi, despite an attack by a group of men that killed 16 of them and left 200 injured overnight.

    That spate of bloodletting took to almost 50 the number of people killed in Egypt since the latest crisis flared a week ago ahead of Sunday's anniversary of Morsi's first turbulent year in power.

    The interior ministry warned police would respond firmly to any further violence on Wednesday as the armed forces took up positions around key Cairo installations, including the state broadcaster.

    Opponents accuse Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, of having betrayed the revolution by concentrating power in Muslim Brotherhood hands and of sending the economy into freefall.

    His supporters say he inherited many problems, and that he should be allowed to complete his term, which runs until 2016.

    Ahead of the deadline at 4:30 pm (1430 GMT), General Sisi held talks with top brass, a source close to the army told AFP.

    Sisi later went into a meeting with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, Coptic Christian Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning.

    Also present were representatives of the Salafist Al-Nur party, the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, and members of the Tamarod movement that organised the anti-Morsi protests.

    Military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Aly said the armed forces general command had "held talks with religious, political, national and youth leaders" and that it would issue a statement as soon the meeting is over.

    In an early morning speech, Morsi said he had been freely elected to lead Egypt a little more than a year ago and intended to stick to his task. The only alternative was more bloodshed, he warned.

    Upping the stakes, senior armed forces commanders meeting on Wednesday swore to defend Egypt with their lives, a source close to the military told AFP.

    "We swear to God that we will sacrifice our blood for Egypt and its people against all terrorists, extremists and the ignorant," they declared in an oath led by General Sisi, the source said.

    Egypt's press predicted Wednesday would be the day of Morsi's departure.

    "Today: Ouster or Resignation," splashed the state-owned mass circulation Al-Ahram. "The End," declared the independent Al-Watan.

    Aside from Tahrir and Nasr City, Cairo's streets were unusually quiet Wednesday, with many choosing to stay home over fears of more violence.

    "The Morsi supporters declared war on the rest of the population yesterday. I'm very scared," said resident Soha Abdelrahman.

    Developments in Egypt hit world financial markets, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average looking past solid American employment data to register a 0.19 percent fall and New York crude hitting a 14-month peak on concerns the crisis could spread and disrupt supplies.

    All eyes were on the military, after government daily Al-Ahram reported details of the its roadmap for the future.

    The plan provides for an interim administration, of up to one year, which would include the head of the supreme constitutional court and a senior army figure.

    The constitution, controversially approved by Morsi's allies in December, would be suspended for up to 12 months while a new one was drawn up and put to a referendum, before presidential and legislative elections. (AFP)
     
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    Egypt President should have just resigned rather than going for a showdown with military, now the military can't stay watching as the deadline is over & any inaction will be considered a weakness.
     
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    Fear of loosing power. Intoxication of power the reason behind this crisis.
     
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    A woman protests against Morsi outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Khalil Hamra, AP

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    A demonstrator shouts slogans against the government at Tahrir Square. Amr Nabil, AP
     
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    Well now he can be sure of losing his power & whatever dignity he has left !!
     
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    A protester was injured during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of President Mohammed Morsi outside Cairo University. Mohamed El-Shahed, AFP/Getty Images

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    Anti-government demonstrators pray in Tahrir Square. Amr Nabil, AP
     
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    Muslim brotherhood was once interested in destroying the pyramids as they are against Islamic culture.. now these people are fighting for democracy is like selling sex to preserve virginity...

    democracy doesn't mean election it means the will of people is supreme.. if morsi had resigned from his post on people's wish and gone for a fresh election then the democracy had been strengthened..
    until you thinks its you who are saving the democracy by rejecting the demands of people.. its no democracy.
     
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    Laser lights on the wall of a government building spell out a message for President Morsi at Tahrir Square on July 2. Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images

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    Opposition protesters shout slogans against Morsi near the presidential palace. Gianluigi Guercia, AFP/Getty
     
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