Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi are still refusing to abandon their protest camps in Cairo.
But news that Egypt’s second biggest Islamist political group the Nour Party might join the military-backed assembly writing a new constitution will come as a blow.
Meanwhile the protesters wait for the police to make their move after Monday’s threat to break up their sit-ins failed to materialise.
One pro-Mursi supporter said, “The widespread feeling here and in all our hearts is that of waiting for the danger and possibly death and if it’s death it will be in the name of Allah.”
Another added, “The morale here in Rabaa al -Adawiya square and in all squares of Egypt is very high. We are ‘Fighters for God’, we will not leave streets until we win or die.”
It is thought security forces might change their tactics and cut off food and water to the camps, forcing protesters to leave.
Reporting for euronews, Mohammed Shaikhibrahim said:
“There is a feeling of nervous anticipation among Egyptians after indicators point to an imminent start of a security operation to break up the sit-ins, that coupled with the readiness of the demonstrators to repel any police operation – whatever the outcome it will determine Egypt’s future political landscape.”