Four days that shook Morsi's rule in Egypt

Published 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 pa

ace 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

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