Egypt's president says he will not step down

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Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold a large Egyptian national flag during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Egypt was on edge Tuesday following a "last-chance" ultimatum the military issued to Mohammed Morsi, giving the president and the opposition 48 hours to resolve the crisis in the country or have the army step in with its own plan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's embattled president says he will not step down and called on the military to withdraw its ultimatum that it will intervene if he does not work out differences with the opposition.

Writing Tuesday on his official Twitter account, President Mohammed Morsi says he rejects all "dictates," whether domestic or foreign.

The military has said that if no agreement is reached between Morsi and his opponents meeting their demands it will impose its own political road map to resolve the crisis. Its deadline runs out during the day Wednesday.

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