“The president is no longer able to make any political decisions now and a decision has been taken to prevent leaders loyal to the current regime from traveling overseas until the General Command of the Armed Forces are finished formulating their expected statement,” it added.The announcement came less than two hours after the nation’s first democratically elected president offered to form an interim coalition government and as one of his aides and a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman said it appeared that a military coup was under way.
“The presidency’s vision includes the formation of a coalition government that would manage the upcoming parliamentary electoral process, and the formation of an independent committee for constitutional amendments to submit to the upcoming parliament,” Morsy said in a posting on his Facebook page.He noted that hundreds of thousands of supporters and protesters had packed plazas around the country.”One of the mistakes I cannot accept — as the president of all Egyptians — is to side with one party over another, or to present the scene from one side only. To be fair, we need to listen to the voice of people in all squares.”He urged that his countrymen be allowed to express their opinions through the ballot box.The posting came as demonstrators had packed public spaces around the country to demonstrate their opposition to and support of his government.Whether his statement would suffice to stave off military intervention was not immediately clear.
Egypt’s army has been holding talks with government and protest leaders, as the deadline it set for a resolution to the mass demonstrations approached.
President Mohammed Morsi has already rejected an ultimatum to “meet the demands of the people” or face military intervention, the BBC reports. He says he is Egypt’s legitimate leader and will not be forced to resign.
The army has control of the state TV building, ahead of the deadline at about 16:30 local time.
The army had been expected to issue a statement soon after the deadline expired, but according to the Facebook page of Egyptian military spokesman Col Ahmad Muhammad Ali, no times have yet been set for official statements or speeches.