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Egyptian President Morsi uses Twitter to respond to army ultimatum [pic]
Posted by on Jul 3rd, 2013

You should be well aware that there is a serious political situation unfolding in Egypt right now. Violent clashes and massive protests have resulted in widespread unrest with the Egyptian military issuing an ultimatum on Monday saying that Morsi has to come up with a power-sharing agreement or face a military solution. President Morsi defied them with a single tweet.

I reckon this is the first time in history that a President has responded solely via social media.

His tweet has been translated as “President Mohamed Mursi asserts his grasp on constitutional legitimacy and rejects any attempt to deviate from it, and calls on the armed forces to withdraw their warning and refuses to be dictated to internally or externally.”

morsi tweet

It’s unclear what will exactly happen when the deadline (4pm Egyptian time) for the ultimatum is reached. No doubt there will be a showdown, but the military has stopped short of saying it will be a coup to depose the current government.

“The conflict pits Morsy’s supporters — the Muslim Brotherhood — against an opposition angered by what they say is the president’s failure to take steps to improve conditions more than two years after a popular revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

Morsy gave no indication of stepping down, sharing power or calling early elections, saying he was calling on the military to withdraw its ultimatum and return to its rightful work.

In Morsy’s place, the military has said it would install an interim council, made up mainly of civilians, until a new constitution can be drafted and a new president elected, the sources said.” [CNN]

Don’t ask me why CNN spelled his name with a ‘y’.

Tense situation this.

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