Egypt protesters mass before military deadline

CAIRO (AP) — With a military deadline for intervention ticking down, protesters seeking the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president sought today to push the embattled leader further toward the edge with another massive display of people power.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Morsi faced fissures from within after a stunning surge of street rage reminiscent of Egypt's Arab Spring revolution in 2011 that cleared the way for Morsi's long-suppressed Muslim Brotherhood to win the first open elections in decades.

Three government spokesmen were the latest to quit as part of high-level defections that underscored his increasing isolation and fallout from the ultimatum from Egypt's powerful armed forces to either find a political solution by Wednesday or the generals would seek their own way to end the political chaos.

The Cabinet, led by the Morsi-backed Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, was scheduled to meet later today. But the defense and interior ministers were expected to boycott in a sign of support for the military's warnings.

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