July 2 - Thousands of Egyptians across the country are protesting, some in favor and others against President Mohamed Mursi who is clinging to office after rebuffing an army ultimatum to force a resolution to Egypt's political crisis. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Thousands of Egyptians across the country are protesting, some in favor and others against President Mohamed Mursi who is clinging to office after rebuffing an army ultimatum to force a resolution to Egypt's political crisis.
Egypt's armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve an Islamist-dominated parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents fail to reach a power-sharing agreement by Wednesday, military sources said.
The sources told Reuters the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) was still discussing details of the plan, intended to resolve a political crisis that has brought millions of protesters into the streets. The roadmap could be changed based on political developments and consultations.
Chief-of-staff General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called in a statement on Monday for Mursi to agree within 48 hours on power-sharing with other political forces, saying the military would otherwise set out its own roadmap for the country's future.
The president rebuffed the ultimatum and the main liberal and leftist opposition alliance has refused to talk to him, demanding along with youth activists that he resign.
The sources said the military intended to install an interim council, composed mainly of civilians from different political groups and experienced technocrats, to run the country until an amended constitution was drafted within months.
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