“He must leave,” the chants from the thousands of protesters filled the Cairo air aimed at President Mohamed Mursi.
It is claimed that Egypt’s armed forces will suspend the constitution and dissolve the Islamist-dominated parliament. They are set to act if the president and the liberal opposition fail to agree by Wednesday, a military source is quoted as saying.
Resignations from the government – six ministers to date have increased pressure on the president. “The resignations have made people here in Tahrir Square happy. This is the last warning to Mursi and his supporters and to the Muslim Brotherhood,” said one protester.
Mursi has met twice with the head of the armed forces, no details have been released. The President’s supporters held their own rally in Cairo and have vowed to resist what they see as a threat of a coup from the army. Some analysts like Hesham Mehran believe the ballot box is the only solution.
“Even if the Islamic movement uses force as some of their leaders have announced it will not restore legitimacy to them and the only solution is to hold early elections,” he said.
Our correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim in Cairo says: “So the rapidly developing indicators all point to the fact the current system is starting to show cracks under the pressure of the anti.-government street protests but despite this the current regime is holding on.”