The Africa Report: 2 July

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news.

Egyptian anti-Morsi protestors. Picture: @ahmadj_1

MORSI REJECTS ARMY'S 48-HOUR ULTIMATUM

The powerful army that ousted former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has sent a warning to incumbent Mohamed Morsi saying it will intervene if he does not meet protesters' demands.

The army have given Morsi 48 hours from Monday evening to discuss, with the opposition, a way forward.

So far, Morsi has rejected the army's ultimatum reiterating that if he were to step down, it will set a dangerous precedent for future governments in Egypt.

Crowds took to the streets and gathered in Tahrir Square on Sunday and Monday, making it clear that the removal of Morsi from office is essential.

However, nowhere in the statement sent by the Minister of Defence General Abdel Fattah al-Sis did he call for the removal of Morsi from office.

Egyptians' feelings alternate towards the army, from loving them when they kept Mubarak's people off the protesters, then cursing them when the army would not stand down after Egypt's first democratic elections, to yet again supporting them, trusting that the army will remove Morsi from office.

Regardless of what happens, Egypt is in a volatile situation with its economy in pieces, especially its tourism industry.

Additionally, Morsi has been accused of nepotism, giving cabinet positions to Islamist backers from the Muslim Brotherhood.

No less than six cabinet ministers have walked out on Morsi's government already.

OBAMA SPEAKS OF A NEW MODEL FOR US-AFRICA PARTNERSHIP

On his final leg of his three-nation African tour, United States President Barack Obama was welcomed in Dar es Salaam by throngs of cheering Tanzanians.

On Monday, Obama spoke to business leaders as well as the youth, talking about a new model for US-Africa partnership.

He says the model would help sustain Africa's incredible economic growth, whilst ensuring that more Africans benefit from the growth, as is currently not the case.

Many have labelled this proposed new model as a way to try and play catch-up to the Chinese, but Obama has rebuffed these claims saying that the more nations involved in Africa, the better.

Obama claims that the United States want Africa to prosper and on Tuesday he will elaborate on the $7 billion energy project to double accessibility to electricity in sub-Sahara Africa, announced on Sunday.

UN TAKES OVER PEACEKEEPING IN MALI

After recently approving the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the United Nations (UN) has begun deployment in Mali.

The deployment is what is referred to as a re-hatting project.

The African Union's troops, who are in the region already, will simply exchange their green hats for the UN's blue ones.

The United Nations will also be covering all the costs of deployment.

There are currently 6,000 troops deployed and another 3,000 will join shortly.

China will, for the first time, be contributing 500 combat troops.

Before this, China's contribution was in engineering and medicine, calling peacekeeping "unwarranted interference".

The 4,500 strong French troops who have completed a successful military operation of chasing al-Qaeda forces out of Mali, have diminished to 3,500 and this will decrease to 1,000 once Mali's 28 July elections begin.