He acted after Interior Minister Gen. Muhammad Ibrahim offered to place all police, internal security and intelligence forces at the disposal of the army, because they no longer deferred to the authority of the president or the Muslim Brotherhood government.
Military circles indicated that to defuse the crisis the army would force the regime to transfer ruling authority to an interim council made up of citizens and technocrats and entrusted with drafting a new constitution and preparing early elections for president.
Military sources tell Reuters that a roadmap drafted by the army to end the protests would suspend the country’s constitution and dissolve the parliament.
Egypt’s armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents fail to reach a power-sharing agreement by Wednesday, military sources said. The sources told Reuters the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) was still discussing details of the plan, intended to resolve the political crisis,
The military intends to install an interim council, composed mainly of civilians from different political groups and experienced technocrats, to run the country until an amended constitution is drafted within months.
That would be followed by a new presidential election, but parliamentary polls would be delayed until strict conditions for selecting candidates are in force,
The United States controls the Muslim brotherhood, the Egyptian military and a large segment of the revolutionary party’s ostensibly headed by El Baradei and Hamdeen Sabahi, however there is an extensive radical Islamist involvement in the opposition.
With all sides controlled by the United States, Obama feels free to call for the groups to settle their differences by calling for early elections. If Morsi resists the army will step in and call the elections itself.
Meanwhile Egypt is continuing a major military buildup on the Gaza border to block any infiltration from Gaza into Egypt. This appears to be a prelude to an Israeli invasion of Gaza.
Israel is to hold a major military exercise in the Hebron area on Jun 7-9 to prepare for any attack by the 30 heavily armed Islamic Jihad agents now hiding in Sinai.