EGYPT'S MORSI OFFERS CONSENSUS GOVERNMENT

12 Jul 2013 11:19

ALGIERS, July 4 (Bernama) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was on Wednesday placed under travel ban, called for the formation of a "consensus coalition government," while thousands of demonstrators continue their movements demanding his departure.

Algeria Press Service (APS) reported that the ban was imposed after Morsi rejected Army's ultimatum to either step down or call for early election.

As the Army's deadline expired in the afternoon, the Egyptian president as well as many Muslim brotherhood leaders were banned from leaving Egypt over their involvement in a prison escape in 2011, the security source said.

Officials at Cairo airport confirmed that they have received orders to prevent Islamist officials from leaving the country, including Muslim Brotherhood's leader, Mohammed Badie and his deputy, Khairat al-Shater.

Morsi's top foreign policy adviser Essam al-Haddad denounced on Wednesday the "military coup" after the Army's deadline expired.

"For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let's call what is happening by its real name: Military coup," al-Haddad said on his Facebook.

-- BERNAMA

IAMS RT