Egypt Military Issue 48-Hour Ultimatum To Political Groups To End Crisis

Category: World / Jul 01, 2013 3:23PM EDT

Egypt's powerful armed forces issued a virtual ultimatum to Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Monday (July 1), calling on the nation's feuding politicians to agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country's future within 48 hours.

A dramatic military statement broadcast on state television declared the nation was in danger after millions of Egyptians took to the streets on Sunday (June 30) to demand that Mursi quits and the headquarters of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood were ransacked.

Anti-Mursi demonstrators in Tahrir Square cheered the army ultimatum by waving flags and chanting: "Leave, leave!" after hearing the statement, some in their cars, others on radios and by word of mouth.

The main opposition National Salvation Front, which has demanded a national unity government for months, applauded the military's move.

Video Credit: Reuters