Mursi says army shouldn’t take sides, remains defiant

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Egypt's embattled President Mohammad Mursi warned the army forces on Wednesday against taking sides in the simmering conflict between his supporters and opponents, saying that doing so would be a “mistake.”

Mursi issued his statement after an army ultimatum for rival factions to resolve their differences ended on Wednesday afternoon.

The Islamist leader repeated his commitment to “constitutional legitimacy” and said the country “cannot go backward.”

He proposed a consensus government as a way out of the country's crisis.

"The presidency envisions the formation of a consensus coalition government to oversee the next parliamentary election," his office said in a statement on Facebook

The statement held opposition parties responsible for obstructing a political initiative that would also set up a panel to prepare amendments to the constitution passed into law last December, according to Reuters.

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