A leading opposition party on Wednesday asked Egypt’s armed forces to intervene in order to prevent further casualties, saying President Mohammed Mursi had “lost his mind” and provoked civil war.
“We ask the army to protect the souls of Egyptians after Mursi lost his mind and incited bloodshed of Egyptians,” said a statement from the Dustour (Constitution) Party led by former U.N. nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei, as quoted by Reuters.
The statement was given out just hours before the army’s ultimatum to intervene if political forces fail to reach a resolution.
The army’s statement said that they were embarking not in a military takeover but aimed to save lives.
Egyptian opposition leader ElBaradei was meeting with Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday, according to opposition sources quoted by Reuters.