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Looking back at the battle between Egyptian military, Morsi over social media

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Egyptian military who raged against him took their recent escalation to the Interweb. On Monday, the Egyptian military issued a statement on television that gave Morsi a "last-chance" ultimatum that gave the president 48 hours to meet protester demands or be ousted from office.

To the Internets!

Hours after the televised announcement, the military took to its Facebook page to say it did not intend a coup. "The ideology and culture of the Egyptian armed forces does not allow for the policy of a military coup," the statement read.

Morsi addressed his country on television, but also took to Twitter to denounce the opposition, saying he "asserts his adherence to constitutional legitimacy and rejects any attempt to breach it and calls on the armed forces to withdraw their ultimatum and rejects any domestic or foreign dictates."

Then things got real.

In a post titled "The Final Hours," Egypt's military wrote on its official Facebook page: "We swear to God to sacrifice with our blood for Egypt and its people against any terrorist, extremist or ignoramus. Long live Egypt and its proud people."

Morsi responded on his own Facebook page, reiterating the "constitutional legitimacy" of his presidency and saying, "Whoever thinks that we can go backward by destroying the legitimacy of the constitution and the revolution and imposing the legitimacy of force on this noble Egyptian nation, who have tasted freedom, or would not pay its blood as a price for protecting it is mistaken."

Finally, Essam al-Haddad, from the Office of Assistant to President of Egypt on Foreign Relations, wrote on Facebook, "For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let's call what is happening by its real name: Military coup."

At the time of this writing, Morsi has been overthrown by the military.

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