CNN is reporting that Mohamed Morsy was removed from power. It was a soft citizen supported military coup.
Cairo (CNN) -- Egypt's military deposed the country's first democratically elected president Wednesday night, installing the head of the country's highest court as an interim leader, the country's top general announced.
Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi said the military was fulfilling its "historic responsibility" to protect the country by ousting Mohamed Morsy, the Western-educated Islamist leader elected a year ago. Morsy failed to meet demands to share power with opponents who thronged the streets of Cairo, and those crowds erupted as the announcement was made.
Ahead of the statement, troops moved into key positions around the capital and surrounded a demonstration by Morsy's supporters in a Cairo suburb. Citing an unnamed presidential source, the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported that "the General Command of the Armed Forces told President Morsy around 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) that he is no longer a president for the republic."
At the final hour, Morsy offered to form an interim coalition government "that would manage the upcoming parliamentary electoral process, and the formation of an independent committee for constitutional amendments to submit to the upcoming parliament," he said in a posting on his Facebook page. He noted that hundreds of thousands of supporters and protesters had packed plazas around the country, and he urged that his countrymen be allowed to express their opinions through the ballot box. Continued
BREAKING: Egypt's military chief says president is replaced by chief justice of constitutional court -MM
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 3, 2013
Interim head of state appointed in Egypt; constitution suspended, army commander says - @Reuters
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) July 3, 2013
DETAILS: Egyptian military says it has ousted Morsi; crowds celebrate in Cairo http://t.co/NazVZg6xvN
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 3, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: Egypt's military replaces President Morsi with chief justice of constitutional court, suspends constitution.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 3, 2013
— ABC News (@ABC) July 3, 2013
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