Wednesday, July 3, 2013

 

Egypt army ousts Morsi, suspends constitution

President Mohamed Morsi has been stripped of his power by the Egyptian army and the constitution has been suspended, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in a statement. Egypt's chief justice of the constitutional court will become the interim president.

Morsi has moved to an "undisclosed location," a presidential aide told AP. Morsi stated that he does not recognize the "military coup" and called on Egyptians to stand against it.


"The address of the president yesterday did not meet the demands of the masses of the people," Sisi said adding the military held talks with various groups throughout Wednesday to work out a road map "putting an end to the state of division."

"The military's road map consists of dissolving the constitution and holding early presidential elections," Sisi continued. He called for a panel would review the constitution and a national reconciliation committee which would include youth movements. He said the road map had been approved by a range of political groups.

The time frame of the presidential and parliamentary elections will be determined by an interim administration, the spokesman told Reuters.

Egypt's Pope Tawadros, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, says the road map ensures security for all Egyptians and offers political vision, local media reported.
"The armed forces had declared that it will keep away from political action and it will maintain this stance," Sisi said.

Fireworks have been set off over Cairo's Tahrir Square and across the city in celebration.

"The people and the army are one hand," protesters cheered in the square amid roars of horns and chanting, a witness told Reuters.


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