Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi rejected an ultimatum by the country’s military to bend to protests that has engulfed the entire country, as the country’s generals took over the flagship newspaper Al Ahram, and on its Wednesday’s front page described their plans to remove Morsi from office. (The New York Times, 2 July)
Morsi made his comments during an angry and defiant speech on Tuesday night. He insisted he was the legitimate leader of the country, and hinted that any effort to remove him by force could plunge the nation into chaos.Morsi also seemed to disregard the record numbers of Egyptians who took to the streets demanding he resign.
Under the banner headline “removal or resignation,” Al Ahram reported that the generals would “abolish the controversial constitution” and form a committee of experts to write a new charter; form an interim presidential council with three members led by the chief of the constitutional court; and put a military leader in charge of the executive branch as an interim prime minister (The New York times, 2 July)
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr resigned tonight, bringing to six the number of ministers to abandon Morsi since the outbreak Sunday of mass anti-Morsi protests.
Photo credit: Anti-Morsi protesters packed Tahrir Square in central Cairo for third consecutive day. 2 July 2013 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters/NYT)