Egypt: Reform leader ElBaradei, military to meet

Associated Press
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. A Defense Ministry official said army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is meeting with his top commanders, hours before the military's deadline to the president and opposition to resolve the nation's political crisis is set to expire. Arabic reads, "Leave." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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CAIRO (AP) — A senior opposition figure says pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the top Muslim cleric of Al-Azhar Mosque and the Coptic pope are meeting the army chief to discuss a political road map for Egypt.

The Wednesday meeting takes place ahead of the military's afternoon deadline for Islamist president Mohammed Morsi to yield to the demands of millions of protesters or face intervention by the army.

Morsi has vowed not to step down in the face of three days of massive street demonstrations calling for his ouster. At least 39 people have died since the protests began on Sunday.

Khaled Daoud, spokesman of the main opposition National Salvation Front, which ElBaradei leads, announced the meeting.

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