Cairo - Egypt's opposition Tamarod movement which led
nationwide protests against President Mohammed Morsi has given the Islamist
leader a deadline of Tuesday to resign, threatening a campaign of civil
disobedience if he stays.
"We give Mohammed Morsi until 17:00 on Tuesday July 2 to
leave power, allowing state institutions to prepare for early presidential
elections," Tamarod said in a statement on its website.
Otherwise, "Tuesday, 17:00 will be the beginning of a
complete civil disobedience campaign," it said.
Tamarod - Arabic for Rebellion - is a grassroots campaign
which says it collected more than 22 million signatures seeking to withdraw
confidence from Morsi.
It was behind Sunday's protests that saw millions of people
take to the streets demanding his departure on the first anniversary of his
inauguration as president.
In its statement, Tamarod called on the army, the police and
the judiciary to stand with the protesters.
It urged "state institutions including the army, the
police and the judiciary to clearly side with the popular will as represented
by the crowds" on Sunday.
It rejected presidential calls for dialogue, saying:
"There is no way to accept any halfway measures.
"There is no alternative other than the peaceful end of
power of the Muslim Brotherhood and its representative, Mohammed Morsi."