Thousands of Egyptians gathered in front of the presidential palace in Cairo to celebrate the armed forces statement on Monday (July 1).

Egypt's powerful armed forces issued a virtual ultimatum to Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Monday, calling on the nation's feuding politicians to agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country's future within 48 hours.

A dramatic military statement broadcast on state television declared the nation was in danger after millions of Egyptians took to the streets on Sunday (June 30) to demand that Mursi quits and the headquarters of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood were ransacked.

The main opposition National Salvation Front, which has demanded a national unity government for months, applauded the military's move.

It was the second time in just over a week that the armed forces had issued a formal warning to the politicians, and it appeared to pile pressure on Mursi to concede power-sharing with the liberal, secular and left-wing opposition.

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