Egypt’s prosecutor’s office has ordered the arrest of the leader of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement, Mohammed Badie, state media report.
Mr Badie is accused of inciting the violence in Cairo on Monday in which at least 51 people were killed.
The move is a not so subtle attempt at trying to deflect blame for the massacre and perhaps pressure the Muslim Brotherhood into a deal that hopes to return stability to Egypt.
The movement’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), has said it will not accept an offer to join the cabinet being set up by interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi, a 76-year-old economist and former finance minister who was appointed on Tuesday.
America, for its part, has still not called what happened in Egypt a coup and has sent more F-16 Fighter Jets to the military-run government. This is particularly disturbing given the recent practice by President Assad in Syria of using military aircraft against his own population. If the coup is called a coup the arms shipment is a violation of US law.