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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will either resign by the end of the day or be removed from office by the Egyptian Armed Forces.
Abdel-Nasser Salama, editor-in-chief of Egypt’s newspaper of records al-Ahram, writes this morning:
In the hours following 4.30 local time (3.30 GMT) deadline set by the Armed Forces, one of two things will happen:
- The president stands down of his own volition, or
- He is removed from office, in keeping with the roadmap set by the Armed Forces.
The said roadmap also provides for:
- Annulment of the Constitution and the appointment of constitutional experts to draft a new constitution that takes into consideration the demands of the broadest spectrum of public opinion. The constitution will be put to a referendum after its endorsement by al-Azhar
- Formation of a three-member Presidential Council -- chaired by the head of the High Constitutional Court and two other members yet to be named -- to manage the affairs of state during a transition period of between nine months and a year
- Formation of an interim government rid of all political currents and headed by one of the military leaders for the duration of the transition
- Preparations for presidential and parliamentary elections. The new Constitution shall determine which of the two ballots comes first.
- Throughout the transition period, the Army shall oversee these measures – set out in the “Roadmap for the Future” – to ensure their impartial implementation.
Al-Ahram says all Muslim Brotherhood key players are kept in check, all Brotherhood sites stocking arms are being monitored, a number of Brotherhood leaders have been placed under house arrest and the Brotherhood’s funds have been frozen.