Egypt's Morsi hits back at military ultimatum
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi criticized an ultimatum issued by the country's military for the government to resolve the current political unrest, news reports said Tuesday, dpa reported.
Morsi's office said the president was not consulted before the military issued the ultimatum, according to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.
Morsi will continue with his national reconciliation plan, his office reportedly said.
The military said Monday it would announce measures to end the political stalemate within 48 hours, after clashes between government supporters and opponents turned deadly.
The statement was hailed by demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square demanding Morsi's ouster.
An army spokesman denied criticism from Morsi's supporters that the statement amounted to a military coup, saying it was aimed at pushing all political factions to reach consensus.