Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Egypt President Morsi Removed From Power - Millions Celebrate!

Egyptian military ousts President Mohammed Morsi

Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Mohammed Morsi is seen in this undated file photo.
Mohammed Morsi is seen in this undated file photo. (KABC Photo)

Egypt's military has ousted the nation's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, suspending the Islamist-backed constitution. 

Egypt's army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Morsi will be replaced by the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court. It was not clear whether the chief justice would act as the interim president before official elections get under way.

In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, El-Sissi said a government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country during a transition period he did not specify.

Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi be removed.
Following the ouster, Morsi's aide Ayman Ali said the former leader was moved to an undisclosed location. No other details were given.

According to two U.S. officials, Egyptian defense leaders have assured the U.S. that they are not interested in a long-term rule.

The officials say the leaders, in calls with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pledged to put a civilian government in place quickly.

The U.S. officials also said the Egyptian military has said it will take steps to ensure the safety of Americans in Egypt, including the diplomatic mission.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the matter.

The ouster follows a chain of events and reports throughout the day. Earlier, Al Hayat TV reported that Morsi was under house arrest. Morsi's spokesman denied the report, according to ABC News, but word of the house arrest provoked cheers in Tahrir Square.

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