Interestingly, the Army chief who laid down the law did not call for President Mohamed Morsi to step down.
Nor did he threaten to overthrow the president. Which raises the question - what can the generals do if their attempt to bang political heads together does not bear fruit?
Just getting rid of Morsi would lead to uproar among his supporters and probably widespread violence.
But the status quo isn't workable either.
One alternative might be an early referendum on Morsi's rule.