CAIRO COUNTDOWN… Army Meets Islamist Leaders – Will Defend the Country to Death
The 48 military deadline is winding down in Egypt.
Tens of thousands of democracy protesters are demanding that President Morsi resign.
The army and political figures will meet today to discuss the developments.
Within hours of 48-hour army deadline, Egypt’s various political figures meet with Egyptian Army, political groups release last minute position statements.
Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will meet on Wednesday the general commanders of the Egyptian Armed Forces at the Defence Ministry headquarters to discuss recent domestic developments as Wednesday’s 48-hour deadline approaches.
Mohamed ElBaradei, delegated by the June 30 Front and the National Salvation Front (NSF) to negotiate in the name of political powers, was also called to participate in the meeting, as confirmed by Mohamed Abul-Ghar, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, on television.
Representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Tamarod (Rebel) campaign, ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II are expected to join the meeting as well.
Speaking via semi-official Facebook page, the Egyptian Armed Forces vowed to defend the country from ‘terrorists, extremists’ to death.
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