CAIRO, July 03, 2013 (AFP)
CAIRO, July 03, 2013 (AFP)
Following are key developments in Egypt since millions took to the streets 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.
– 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 quit or face an open-ended campaign of civil disobedience.
– The tourism, environment, communications, and judicial and parliamentary affairs ministers resign.
– 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.
– 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 General Abdel Fattah al-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 his backers join a sit-in in the Nasr City neighbourhood, while hundreds gather near Cairo University.
– Clashes between the rival sides leave seven people dead, medics say.
– Gunmen kill 16 people and wound 200 others at a Cairo rally supporting Morsi, health ministry officials say the next day.
– Wednesday July 3:
– Morsi refuses to quit, insists on his constitutional legitimacy, and “calls on the armed forces to withdraw their warning and rejects any dictates, domestic or foreign.”
– Senior military commanders hold emergency talks, a source close to the army says