CAIRO: Egypt’s armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve the Islamist-dominated parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and the liberal opposition fail to agree by Wednesday, military sources told a foreign new agency on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Egyptian army set 48 hours as a deadline for politicians to answer demands made by the Egyptian people or the military would offer its own “road map for the future”.
In a statement read out on state television, the armed forces reiterated its “call that the demands of the people be met and gives (all parties) 48 hours, as a last chance, to take responsibility for the historic circumstances the country is going through.”
“If the demands of the people are not met in this period… (the armed forces) will announce a future roadmap and measures to oversee its implementation,” the statement said.
Millions of people have taken to the streets across Egypt to demand the resignation of President Muhammad Morsi on the first anniversary of his inauguration.
But Morsi’s loyalists are staging counter-demonstrations, saying they will defend the leader with all means available.