Some people are celebrating in streets after military announced they'll intervene in 48 hrs if opposition& #Morsi don't meet ppl's demands
— Bel Trew – بل ترو (@Beltrew) July 1, 2013
The sense is that the military doesn’t want to really govern, but they want the chaos to end. They are viewed favorably overall by the people, as protectors. For years, the military kept Muslim Brotherhood members out of its officers military academy, so they are considered independent of the MB and Morsi.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military on Monday issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Islamist president and his opponents to reach an agreement to “meet the people’s demands” or it will intervene to put forward a political road map for the country and ensure it is carried out.
The ultimatum, it said, was a “last chance.”
It described the mass protests on Sunday that brought out millions of Egyptians demanding President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster as “glorious.” It said protesters expressed their opinion “in peaceful and civilized manner,” and that “it is necessary that the people get a reply … to their calls.”
The military underlined it will “not be a party in politics or rule.” But it said it has a responsibility to act because Egypt’s national security is facing a “grave danger,” according to the statement, read out on state television.
“The Armed Forces repeat its call for the people’s demands to be met and give everyone 48 hours as a last chance to shoulder the burden of a historic moment for a nation that will not forgive or tolerate any party that is lax in shouldering its responsibility,” it said.
It did not directly define “the people’s demands,” but said if they are not realized, the military is obliged to “announce a road-map for the future and the steps for overseeing its implementation, with participation of all patriotic and sincere parties and movements.”
It is the second ultimatum to be given to Morsi and the opposition to reach an agreement. Last Sunday, Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi gave the two sides a week to reach an agreement. That ultimatum expired on Sunday, with Morsi repeating his longstanding offer for dialogue that the opposition rejected.
The organizers of Sunday’s protests also gave Morsi a Tuesday 5 p.m. deadline to step down or face an escalation of the campaign to force him out, including civil disobedience.