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article imageUltimatum reaches the deadline, Egyptian revolution isn’t over

By Eko Armunanto     Jul 3, 2013 in World
Egyptian General Abdul Fattah gave Morsi ultimatum Monday saying he has 48 hours to accommodate his opponents with a power sharing agreement or be pushed aside. Morsi said he will not comply, opponents promised another bloodshed, the deadline approaches.
Opponent leaders had started to speak about potential bloodshed after Mohamed Morsi said he will not comply. "We swear by God that we are ready to sacrifice our blood for Egypt and its people against any terrorist, extremist or ignorant," they said in a statement, which was titled "The Final Hours."
"Not America, not Morsi, not anyone can impose their will on the Egyptian people," said Mahmoud Badr of the Tamarod opposition group. He said the "illegitimate president" would be gone Wednesday and that Morsi should be charged with treason
The head of the Egyptian army, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, called an emergency meeting with commanding officers hours ahead of the deadline, state TV reported. The general also met Wednesday with a key opposition leader and top Muslim and Coptic Christian clerics in a sign the military is preparing to implement its political road map as a deadline approached for President Mohammed Morsi to either yield to public demands for reform or step aside. State media reported that the "road map" would include a new interim leadership, installed by the military, and a suspension of the Islamist-backed constitution and the Islamist-dominated parliament.
President Mohammed Morsi has already rejected an ultimatum to "meet the demands of the people" or face military intervention. He says he is Egypt's legitimate leader and will not be forced to resign.
BBC says the army has control of the state TV building ahead of the deadline at about 16:30 local time (14:30 GMT). It had been expected to issue a statement soon after the deadline expired, but according to the Facebook page of Egyptian military spokesman Col Ahmad Muhammad Ali, no times have yet been set for official statements or speeches.
With the ultimatum, the armed forces appear to have thrown their weight behind those voicing their vehement opposition to Morsi’s Islamist government, and they have joined them in the streets, says Hamdi Alkhshali from CNN. Early Wednesday, soldiers and police set up a perimeter around their central meeting point, Cairo's Tahrir Square, "to secure it from any possible attack," he cited a state-run EgyNews agency.
The meeting between opposition groups and army chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was announced by opposition spokesman Khaled Dwoud in a live telephone interview with state television. It included Mohamed ElBaradei, Egypt's leading democracy advocate, who represents the opposition National Salvation Front coalition and the youth groups leading anti-Morsi protesters. Also in attendance to discuss the proposed political road map were Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar mosque, and Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority.
Mohamed Abou El Ghar, president of the Egyptian Social Democratic party, tells USA TODAY that the opposition is demanding that Morsi must go, and that there should be a civilian, temporary, honorary president, preferably from the higher constitutional court and a civilian prime minister with a small cabinet to run the country in the coming period.
The democratic reformists and moderates say Morsi's government has tightened its grip on power, moving in an authoritarian direction. Now the irony is that they have joined forces with Mubarak's followers and citizens yearning for the restoration of order through the military's iron hand. Together they are pushing hard to oust Morsi and his Islamist government, which was mainly formed from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood. They say they have collected 17 million signatures on a petition to remove him – around 4 million more than the number who voted Morsi into the presidency.
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