Obama: Potential for violence in Egypt remains; country's military issues 48-hour ultimatum

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - President Barack Obama says protests in Egypt so far haven't included the level of violence many had feared. But he says the potential for such violence remains.

Obama says the U.S. is committed to democracy in Egypt, not any particular leader. He says Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was democratically elected. He says now Morsi's government must respect its opposition and minority groups.

He's calling for all sides to refrain from violence.

Obama says he's concerned about women being assaulted in protests. He's telling protesters that assaulting women doesn't count as peaceful protest.

Millions of Egyptians are taking to the streets in Cairo to demand Morsi leave office. More than a dozen have been killed, including one American.

Obama spoke at a news conference with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.

Egypt's military issues 48-hour ultimatum

Egypt's military has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Islamist president and his opponents to reach an agreement or it will intervene to put forward a political road map for the country and ensure it is carried out.

The statement Monday described as "glorious" the mass protests on Sunday that brought out millions of Egyptians calling for President Mohammed Morsi's ouster.

The military underlined it will "not be a party in politics or rule." But it said it has a responsibility to act because Egypt's national security is facing a "grave danger," according to the statement, read out on state television. 

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