July 2 - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi rebuffs a 48 hour ultimatum for him to solve the country's deep political woes. Julie Noce reports.
EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has rejected an army ultimatum for him to end political strife in the country - saying he would follow his own path to reconciliation with demonstrators occupying the streets of Cairo. Mursi made the statement hours after the head of Egypt's army - General Sisi - gave Mursi 48 hours to compromise with the demands of demonstrators or face military intervention. Mursi said the army never consulted him before making the demands and said that he would continue to move forward on his own path. For anti-Mursi demonstrators in front of the presidential palace, news of the ultimatum was reason to rejoice. It's a comforting message that the Brotherhood will leave in 48 hours, actually, now 40 hours, this man said. But for supporters of Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood party, who maintain he was democratically elected, the statement is tantamount to a coup. 48 hours to meet people's demands, what does he have a magic lamp? asked one woman at a pro-Mursi protest The military's statement, and Mursi's response have pushed the country into further disorder prompting members of his administration who are not members of the Muslim Brotherhood to resign-- the most recent to step aside is Egypt's foreign minister.