It was a defiant President Mohamed Mursi who vowed to stay in power during a midnight broadcast. He refused to resign stressing he had been democratically elected.
In a repetitive speech he appealed for calm, but rejected the military’s ultimatum to share power with his opponents.
“We now have a reference, we now have legitimacy, an elected leader, a constitution voted by the people. We respect this legitimacy, it will be the only way to avoid civil unrest.”
Mursi’s tone turned slightly conciliatory when he admitted he had made some mistakes, but went on to blame much of the trouble on remnants of the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak.