Egypt’s army has given the country’s rival parties 48 hours to resolve a deadly political crisis.
The army would offer a “road map” for peace if Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his opponents failed to heed “the will of the people”, it said.
It later issued a clarifying statement denying its warning amounted to a coup.
Given the inability of politicians from all sides to agree until now, it seems unlikely Mr Morsi can survive in power, says the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Cairo.
On Sunday millions rallied in cities nationwide, urging the president to quit.
Large protests continued on Monday, and eight people died as activists stormed and ransacked the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, to which the president belongs.
He became Egypt’s first Islamist president on 30 June 2012, after winning an election considered free and fair following the 2011 revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak.