CAIRO: People in Egypt are waiting for the answer of their question that what is the basic intention behind Army’s recent statement on political situation in the country.
According to the report from Egypt’s capital city Cairo, Army has cordoned off the building of state TV offices very after the presidential speech.
18:23 Local Time: Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson has said in a statement that military coup is underway as tanks are on the streets.
18:00 Local Time: Egypt president Muhammad Morsi has said in a statement that “people should resist military coupe with peaceful efforts”.
17: 53 Local Time:
Essam el-Haddad, a top Morsi aide and foreign relations advisor, just posted the following statement on Facebook:
The Egyptian Presidency Office of the Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations & International Cooperation ___________________________________________________________For Immediate Release, July 3, 2013As I write these lines I am fully aware that these may be the last lines I get to post on this page.For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: Military coup.It has been two and a half years after a popular revolution against a dictatorship that had strangled and drained Egypt for 30 years. That revolution restored a sense of hope and fired up Egyptians’ dreams of a future in which they could claim for themselves the same dignity that is every human being’s birthright.On Januray 25 I stood in Tahrir square. My children stood in protest in Cairo and Alexandria. We stood ready to sacrifice for this revolution. When we did that, we did not support a revolution of elites. And we did not support a conditional democracy. We stood, and we still stand, for a very simple idea: given freedom, we Egyptians can build institutions that allow us to promote and choose among all the different visions for the country. We quickly discovered that almost none of the other actors were willing to extend that idea to include us.You have heard much during the past 30 months about ikhwan excluding all others. I will not try to convince you otherwise today. Perhaps there will come a day when honest academics have the courage to examine the record.Today only one thing matters. In this day and age no military coup can succeed in the face of sizeable popular force without considerable bloodshed. Who among you is ready to shoulder that blame?I am fully aware of the Egyptian media that has already attempted to frame ikhwan for every act of violence that has taken place in Egypt since January 2011. I am sure that you are tempted to believe this. But it will not be easy.There are still people in Egypt who believe in their right to make a democratic choice. Hundreds of thousands of them have gathered in support of democracy and the Presidency. And they will not leave in the face of this attack. To move them, there will have to be violence. It will either come from the army, the police, or the hired mercenaries. Either way there will be considerable bloodshed. And the message will resonate throughout the Muslim World loud and clear: democracy is not for Muslims.I do not need to explain in detail the worldwide catastrophic ramifications of this message. In the last week there has been every attempt to issue a counter narrative that this is just scaremongering and that the crushing of Egypt’s nascent democracy can be managed. We no longer have the time to engage in frivolous academic back and forth. The audience that reads this page understands the price that the world continues to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Egypt is neither Afghanistan nor Iraq. Its symbolic weight and resulting impact is far more significant. Last night, demonstrators at Cairo University supporting the President were fired upon using automatic weapons. Twenty people died and hunderds were injured.There are people in Egypt and around the world that continue to try to justify the calls for early presidential elections because of the large numbers of demonstrators and the validity of their grievances.Let me be very clear. The protesters represent a wide spectrum of Egyptians and many of them have genuine, valid grievances. President Morsy’s approval rating is down.Now let me be equally clear. Since January and again in the last couple of weeks the President has repeatedly called for national dialog. Equally repeatedly, the opposition refused to participate. Increasingly, the so-called liberals of Egypt escalated a rhetoric inviting the military to become the custodians of government in Egypt. The opposition has steadfastly declined every option that entails a return to the ballot box.Yesterday, the President received an initiative from an alliance of parties supporting constitutional legitimacy. He discussed it with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense and all three of them agreed that it presented an excellent path for Egypt out of its current impasse. The initiative called for a full change of cabinet, a prime minister acceptable to all, changing the public prosecutor, agreement on constitutional amendments, and a reconciliation commission.And let us also be clear. The President did not have to offer all these concessions. In a democracy, there are simple consequences for the situation we see in Egypt: the President loses the next election or his party gets penalized in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Anything else is mob rule.In the last year we have been castigated by foreign governments, foreign media, and rights groups whenever our reforms in the areas of rights and freedoms did not keep pace with the ambitions of some or adhere exactly to the forms used in other cultures. The silence of all of those voices with an impending military coup is hypocritical and that hypocrisy will not be lost on a large swathe of Egyptians, Arabs and Muslims.Many have seen fit in these last months to lecture us on how democracy is more than just the ballot box. That may indeed be true. But what is definitely true is that there is no democracy without the ballot box.-ENDS-
17:48: Egypt president’s national security adviser says “military coup under way”, “No military coup can succeed against popular resistance without considerable bloodshed” he added.
17:40: There is also reports quoting to Muslim Brotherhood official, who flatly denies that Morsi is under house arrest in Egypt.
17: 37: Unconfirmed reports on social media has claimed that Morsi is currently aboard the Bolivian presidential jet.
17:35: Morsi says army shouldn’t take sides, remains defiant for the betterment of the situation in the country.
17:30: Al Hayat TV has said that Essam al-Erian, Essam Sultan has been prevented from flying to Amman and Morsi is under ‘house arrest’ while citing sources.
17:15: Anit-Morsi protesters believe that the expected change by army will not be a military coup its a people demand.
16:53 Morsi offers “Consensus Government” as way out of crisis
16:49 A professor of London University says opposition leaders are merely engaged in propaganda instead of sorting out a solution.
16:43 A tweet is being spread on Twitter, being referred as Morsi’s tweet, that a coalition government, responsible for holding elections, is a solution.
16:38 Local Time: Army’s deadline to first elected Egyptian President Morsi has been expired.
16:30 Local Time: Anti-Morsi demonstrators believe that “Morsi is the president of Muslim Brotherhood instead of Egyptian people”.
16:20 Local Time: Egypt army meets with religious, national, political figures; statement expected after the meeting.
16:08 Local Time: Twenty-eight people were killed by snipers on Tuesday night, pro-Morsi supporters said.
15:57 Local Time: Gehad E Haddad, Spokesperson of Muslim Brotherhood said that no military coup will be welcomed by the change lover Egyptian.
Egypt’s judicial body has confirmed the reinstatement of public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud, piling pressure on Morsi who sacked him.
Epidemic sexual violence reported against women where more than 91 women have been raped in Cairo Tehrir square.
Heba Morayee, Egypt director of Human rights watch said that nobody can ignore what is going on in the demonstration against Morsi.
Hundreds of thousands take to streets in Cairo as army ultimatum deadline for Morsi passes in 20 minutes.
“Egypt army says it has no set times for issuing statements or speeches” TheNewsTribe correspondent reported.
Opposition leaders criticized the Morsi latest speech and term it deceleration of the civil war.
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Meanwhile at least 7 persons killed and more than 90 injured during the clashed in Cairo University among anti-Morsi and pro-Morsi protesters.
A statement by the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the FJP, condemns a military ultimatum which sidetracks the President of Egypt, the Armed Forces’ Supreme Commander, and the millions of pro-Morsi pro-democracy demonstrators willing to defend popular and electoral legitimacy.
In a press statement, available to TheNewsTribe, the Freedom and Justice Party said that “Only the Egyptian people have the right to draw a roadmap for the homeland’s future, through the Constitution passed only a few months ago by nearly two-thirds of the population. It is certainly unacceptable that any party, authority or institution should assume the right to draw a roadmap for the future of the homeland different from that already approved by the people.
“The role of the army, in all democratic states, is to protect the borders, face up to external threats, and maintain security. It does not interfere in the political scene – not even as an arbitrator, nor mediator. The arbitrator between political forces is the people, through the ballot box. Meanwhile, the army should focus on the tasks assigned to it by the elected President.”