Egypt On Brink As Morsi Stares Down Dual Ultimatums


UPDATE (11:45 AM EST)reads in part:

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And Ahram Online adds:

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:
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"For the army to give the president 48 hours warning, the army are saying who is the boss," Bishara said. "Morsi is no longer the same president as this morning in the eyes of those on the streets."

Saying the announcement puts "huge pressure" on the president, Bishara said that if Morsi does not respond appropriately, "we can expect army intervention".

"That could be taking over the streets or taking over the government. This message is to the president. This undercuts his authority."

Though Morsi's secular opponents and the revolutionary forces still fighting for a truly democratic alternative for Egypt may welcome the pressure placed on the president, it is not clear that the military leaders and the members of the Tamarod movement are truly on the same side.

EARLIER:

Mass demonstrations continued in Cairo and across Egypt for the second straight day on Monday as the movement that previously ousted the long-time authoritarian regime of Hosni Mubarak has set its sights on a 'Second Revolution' with a call for the sitting president, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi, to step aside.

As multiple news agencies are reporting on Monday, the opposition Tamarod movement, which brought millions of Egyptians into the streets on Sunday, has given Morsi until 5pm on Tuesday to resign from office.

Reports indicate that already some of Morsi's cabinet members have resigned as the pressure on them showed no signs of abating and following reports that at least sixteen people were killed and many hundreds injured during the weekend demonstrations where Morsi supporters clashed with the opposition movement.

In a statement put out by Tamarod, its leaders urged "state institutions including the army, the police and the judiciary to clearly side with the popular will as represented by the crowds."

The group declared that time for dialogue with the regime and other "halfway measures" was over.

"There is no alternative other than the peaceful end of power of the Muslim Brotherhood and its representative, Mohammed Morsi," the statement said and gave him until Tuesday night to leave or face escalated civil disobedience and unrest.

Early Monday, the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood were stormed and set ablaze. As independent journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous tweeted:

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And the Associated Press adds:

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