World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt is on edge and people, whether supporters or opponents of President Mohamed Morsi, are on their toes hours before the expiry of a 48-hour ultimatum by the powerful military establishment.
Thousands of protesters are still camping in several areas of the capital Cairo, particularly the iconic Tahrir Square, demanding the resignation of Morsi and snap presidential polls.
Supporters of the president are also out in full force across the country, especially the Nahda square in Giza, in a show of unwavering support for him.
Both camps are waiting as the clock ticks for the end of the army’s ultimatum, which expires within a couple of hours.
The powerful army establishment had given all parties, including the president, two days to thrash out a settlement for a political deadlock that brought millions of people onto the streets nationwide this week.
It threatened to otherwise come up with a roadmap for the future of Egypt and supervise its implementation.
But a defiant Morsi went on state television late last night insisting he would not allow any institution, group or individual to undermine his constitutional authority, and ruling out any possibility of early presidential election even if his life was the price.
He offered to change government, amend constitution, speed up preparations for parliamentary elections and work on national reconciliation if the opposition agrees on such a settlement.
A couple of hours later a Facebook page affiliated to the army forces published statements attributed to Defense Minister Abdel Fattah El Sisi that the army was ready to shed blood in defense of Egypt and its people.
The Armed Forces General Command is currently holding a crisis meeting to assess the situation before the expiry of its self-styled ultimatum.
Egyptians are holding their breath, waiting to see what the army would do, and how the millions of opponents and loyalists of the embattled president would react.
At least 32 people have been killed in clashes between both sides since Sunday, June 23.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2013, 14:47