Egyptian govt deadlocked over use of force to crack down on pro-Mursi camps
CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's army-installed interim government is divided over whether to use force to disperse the protest camps of loyalists of ousted president Mohamed Mursi, delaying its response, analysts say.
For weeks, the government has threatened Mr Mursi's supporters with imminent action to clear their camps in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares, which have paralysed parts of the capital and have stalled transition plans.
Despite several false alarms, action by the security forces has so far failed to materialise and separate statements from the army, the Cabinet and the presidency suggest the interim government is not speaking with one voice, analysts say.
"Within the government, there are two contradictory directions," said Professor Rabab al-Mahdi, a professor of political science at the American University of Cairo.