CAIRO, July 02, 2013 (AFP)
CAIRO, July 02, 2013 (AFP)
Following is a snapshot of key developments in Egypt since millions took to the streets on Sunday to demand the resignation of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, a year after he took the oath of office.
– Sunday, June 30:
– Chanting “Leave!” and “the people want the ouster of the regime,” crowds demonstrate across Egypt in response to a call from the grassroots movement Tamarod — Arabic for rebellion.
– In Cairo the protesters gather around the presidential palace and in Tahrir Square, epicentre of Egypt’s 2011 revolution.
– Huge demonstrations also take place in Alexandria, Menouf and Mahallah in the Nile Delta, and in the canal cities of Suez and Port Said.
– The army speaks of “several million” protesters and a military source tells AFP: “It is the biggest protest in Egypt’s history.”
– Morsi supporters rally in the Cairo district of Nasr City. The army puts their numbers at 25,000.
– At least 16 people are killed nationwide, eight during clashes between government supporters and opposition forces outside the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the health ministry says.
– Morsi calls for dialogue, which Tamarod rejects, saying there is no alternative to his resignation.
– Opposition leader Hamdeen Sabbahi presses the army to support opposition forces if Morsi does not step down voluntarily.
– Monday July 1:
– Protesters set fire to the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo then loot it.
– Tamarod gives Morsi until 1500 GMT on Tuesday July 2 to leave power or face an open-ended campaign of civil disobedience.
– The tourism, environment, communications, and judicial and parliamentary affairs ministers tender their resignation.
– The army gives Morsi 48 hours to meet the “people’s demands” or face an imposed solution.
– In Tahrir Square, anti-Morsi protesters erupt in joy on hearing the army’s statement broadcast on state television.
– Morsi’s office rebuffs the army’s ultimatum, denouncing any declaration that would “deepen division” and “threaten the social peace”.
– Tuesday July 2:
– Morsi holds talks all day with army chief Sisi, the military says.
– The National Salvation Front, the main opposition coalition, says it would not support a “military coup” and trusts the army statement does not mean it would assume a political role.
– The spokesmen for the presidency and the cabinet quit.
– Opposition groups choose leading dissident Mohamed ElBaradei to represent them in the negotiations called for by the army.
– Opponents of Morsi pack into Tahrir Square, while backers of the president join a sit-in in the Nasr City neighbourhood, as hundreds more gather near Cairo University.
– Clashes between the rival sides leave seven people dead, medics say.