July 7 - Russian President Vladimir Putin says Egypt is on the verge of a civil war and says he hopes Egyptians will avoid Syria's fate. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Thousands of supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Mursi protest in Cairo while a military-driven plan to resolve the political crisis remains mired in mistrust and confusion. Mursi was toppled Wednesday in a takeover the military denies was a coup. His supporters say they have the numbers on their side. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MURSI SUPPORTER RIDA GHAREEB SAYING: ''I say to them, God willing, we will turn out in bigger numbers than they do -- 50 million of us voted in the elections. That means we are the majority, we have the legitimacy. Mursi has the support of Egypt and all its sects.'' The opposition is also out in force after transitional authorities had been set to appoint liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei, before his candidacy was thrown into doubt when a hardline Islamist party objected. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) EGYPTIAN WOMAN, JIRA AHMED, SAYING: "There is going to be a rise in tensions. We have to face them down, but peacefully -- not with violence." Russia's Vladimir Putin in Kazakstan says he fears a civil war. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Syria is already in the grip of a civil war. No matter how sad this sounds, Egypt is moving in the same direction. I would like the Egyptian people to avoid this possible negative development." Washington has not condemned the military takeover or called it a coup, prompting suspicion within the Muslim Brotherhood that it tacitly supports the overthrow.