Morsi’s statement likely a carrot too small for opposition

TOI’s Elhanan Miller says Morsi’s statement is unlikely to fulfill the demands of the opposition protesters, represented by the Tamarod (Rebel) movement and backed in full by the military.

The demonstrators have been demanding Morsi’s immediate resignation, suspension of the constitution drafting, and new presidential elections.

Morsi gave them none of that. Instead, he offered to form a coalition government (not a technocrat, nonpartisan government) ahead of parliamentary (not presidential) elections at an undefined future time, to determine the identity of Egypt’s prime minister, to replace Hisham Kandil. He blasted unnamed opposition parties for thwarting dialogue, and offered no word on the constitution.

As it seems at the moment, the military and the presidency remain on a direct collision course.

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