Instability in Egypt reached new levels Monday morning, as military leaders gave President Mohamed Morsi an ultimatum to resolve the political crisis before they intervene.
The threat of a coup is just the latest episode in Egyptian turmoil after a weekend of protests, which resulted in at least 16 deaths and a bloody skirmish outside the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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So, what's causing these latest protests against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood? The New York Times:
Clashes between Mr. Morsi's opponents and supporters broke out in several cities around the country, killing at least seven people — one in the southern town of Beni Suef, four in the southern town of Assiut and two in Cairo — and injuring hundreds. Protesters ransacked Brotherhood offices around the country.
Demonstrators said they were angry about the lack of public security, the desperate state of the Egyptian economy, and an increase in sectarian tensions. But the common denominator across the country was the conviction that Mr. Morsi had failed to transcend his roots in the Brotherhood, an insular Islamist group officially outlawed under Mr. Mubarak that is now considered Egypt's most formidable political force.
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