Thousands of protesters erupted in joy on Monday after the military said it would intervene if the people's demands were not met in 48 hours, an AFP journalist said, after millions took to the streets to call on President Mohamed Morsy to step down.
"Come down Sissi, Morsy is not my president," they protesters chanted, urging the country's minsiter of Defence, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, to intervene.
On the streets of Cairo, cars beeped their horns and waved Egyptian flags after the army statement.
The powerful General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi issued a pressing ultimatum to President Morsy in a televised audio statement on Monday afternoon, calling on political forces to bridge Egypt's growing divide and agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country's future within 48 hours.
"If the demands of the people are not realised within the defined period, it will be incumbent upon [the armed forces]…to announce a road map for the future," said Sissi.