Tahrir Protesters Welcome Army’s Decision – MENA

Tahrir Protesters
Several marches coming from various areas join the protesters demonstrating against Mursi at the presidential palace on June 30, 2013. Hussein Mohamed/Aswat Masriya

Tahrir Protesters Welcome Army’s Decision – MENA

Thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square welcomed an army press release on Monday which granted political rivals 48 hours to reach consensus before it announces a roadmap for the future.

Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported that upon the announcement, protesters in the square applauded and praised the army’s stance, chanting against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Mursi’s opponents staged mass demonstrations on Sunday to push for a no-confidence vote against him and call for early presidential elections, exactly a year after the Islamist president was sworn into office.

Five ministers submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Hisham Kandil’s cabinet earlier on Monday.

Confrontations in light of Sunday’s mass protests left 16 people dead and hundreds injured.

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The Egyptian army has granted all political parties 48 hours to reach consensus before it announces a roadmap for the future.

President Mohamed Mursi’s opponents staged mass demonstrations on Sunday to push for a no-confidence vote against him and call for early presidential elections, exactly a year after the Islamist president was sworn into office.

Five ministers submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Hisham Kandil’s cabinet earlier on Monday.

Update: Egypt army grants political rivals 48 hours to reach consensus

Tahrir Protesters
First Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sworn in – Reuters

The Egyptian army has granted all political parties 48 hours to reach consensus before it announces a road map for the future.

In a televised press release on Monday, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that the army will be forced to intervene by providing a plan for the future if politicians failed to agree within the next 48 hours.

He added that all political and national forces will be invited to take part in supervising and drafting this plan.

Sisi described Sunday’s demonstrations as “an unprecedented and civilized show of expression and popular will”.

Mursi’s opponents staged mass demonstrations on Sunday to push for a no-confidence vote against him and call for early presidential elections, exactly a year after the Islamist president was sworn into office.

Update: Five ministers resign after mass protests

Tahrir Protesters
Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil – photo from Facebook

Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou said on Monday that five ministers, including himself, have submitted their “justified” resignations to Prime Minster Hisham Kandil.

Communication and Information Technology Minister Atef Helmy, Environmental Affairs Minister Khaled Fahmy, Utilities Minister Abdel Qawy Khalifa and Parliamentary and Legal Affairs Minister Hatem Bagato were the other ministers who submitted their resignations on Sunday, reported the state news agency.

Zazou added that the PM will convene the resigned ministers shortly, but they are not considering retreating their decisions.

Mass demonstrations swept Egypt on Sunday calling for the removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

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