Egypt Military Coup Ousts President Morsi

7 years ago by: Magnus Uche
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The Egyptian army has announced fresh presidential and parliamentary elections after ousting elected Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi from power.

In a televised address to the divided nation, commander of the armed forces, General Abdul Fatah Khalil al Sisi, said Mr Morsi had "failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people" and would be replaced.

Flanked by military officials, Muslim and Christian clerics and political figures, he unveiled details of a political transition which had been agreed with them.

As the military coup got under way with the deployment of tanks and troops including commandos across the capital Cairo, he declared a review and temporary suspension of the Egyptian constitution and the appointment of Adli Mansour, the head of the supreme constitutional court, as interim head of state.

The acting leader will be assisted by an interim council and a technocratic government until new presidential and parliamentary elections are held, he said. No specific details were given when the new polls would take place.

The military chief also announced a national reconciliation committee that would include youth movements - and warned the armed forces and police would deal "decisively" with any violence.

It followed the end of crisis talks after an army deadline for Mr Morsi to yield to mass nationwide demonstrations expired and he refused to step down.

"Those in the meeting have agreed on a road map for the future that includes initial steps to achieve the building of a strong Egyptian society that is cohesive and does not exclude anyone and ends the state of tension and division," he said.

Fireworks burst over Cairo's Tahrir's Square where tens of thousands of jubilant anti-Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood protesters erupted into cheers on hearing the news which was hailed as "a victory for the people".

"The people and the army are one hand," they shouted, dancing and waving flags amid the roar of chanting and car horns, and coloured confetti in the air.

One uniformed police officer waved his hands above his head and said: "Great Egypt is victorious. Egypt is victorious over the Brotherhood."

The Muslim Brotherhood's TV station was taken off air and its managers arrested hours after its leader was overthrown.

The Egypt25 channel had been broadcasting live coverage of rallies by tens of thousands of pro-Mursi demonstrators in Cairo and around the country, with speeches by leading Brotherhood politicians denouncing the military intervention to oust the elected president.

Mr Morsi, who was said to have been moved to an undisclosed location, was told he was no longer in charge of the country at around 7pm (6pm UK time).

In a statement on his official Facebook page, he was quoted as rejecting the army's announcement as a "full military coup".

Democratically elected to office just over a year ago after the toppling of autocrat Hosni Mubarak as Arab Spring uprisings took hold in early 2011, Mr Morsi had spent the day working at a Republican Guard barracks where barbed wire and barriers were erected by soldiers.

Egyptian security forces earlier revealed orders banning Mr Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie and his deputy Khairat al Shater from travelling abroad had been issued to airport officials.

Troops had also taken up positions in the presidential palace as well as state TV buildings in Cairo, blocking any presidential statements from going out.

Sky's foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall, reporting from Cairo, said it was going to be "a difficult night" in the Egyptian capital.

"If elections are held in a few weeks, perhaps those who are so against coup d'etat and its anti-democratic sentiments can see it as part of a transitional period.

"These people will come back onto the streets in a few months time if the army tries to hang on to power, but I think the army knows that and so the elections will come within months, perhaps weeks."

-- arsenal123 (m) at 3-07-2013 10:19PM
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
-- ajanni (m) at 3-07-2013 10:19PM
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the wind thats blowing and removinf cloths on those who wears it,
those who hangs theirs in the wardrobe should be very careful ooooooo
-- Shegzan (m) at 3-07-2013 10:40PM
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-- mary11 (m) at 3-07-2013 10:48PM
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Dis 1 na Egyptian version

Naija version coming soon

-- Rieko (m) at 3-07-2013 11:03PM
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Naija no get liver for that...nobody want to die in naija...Yeye country
-- flames4u (m) at 3-07-2013 11:06PM
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9ja bware O...maladministeration,embezzlement of funds,absence of press n denial of human right r d features of military regime...i hope its'll  favour d eygptianz...coz khaki boiz r nt train to rule O bt to dfend d nation against any form of xtanal aggression.....hmm i rest ma case
-- dareper (m) at 3-07-2013 11:18PM
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If such thing could happen in nigeria I will be very happy, let's revolt and kill all those useless politician with immediate effect.
-- papadip (m) at 3-07-2013 11:21PM
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It is not the right thing to do.
Why topple a democratically elected government? No matter how imperfect.
Let him serve his term and then the electorate can decide at the next elections.
The next government will be a puppet of the military whenever that will be in the meantime it is back to dictatorship and that might not be a good thing for Egypt.

I am not happy with the current federal government of Nigeria and at the same time would not support a coup.
Ballots should always rule and not bullets.
Nigeria is still paying the price for those coups.
-- Senegal (m) at 3-07-2013 11:24PM
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 Cool Cool
-- ajanni (m) at 3-07-2013 11:24PM
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Quote from: mary11 on  3-07-2013 10:48PM
Dis 1 na Egyptian version

Naija version coming soon
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
-- mikytk (m) at 3-07-2013 11:54PM
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-- juddycoil (m) at 4-07-2013 12:01AM
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-- arsenal123 (m) at 4-07-2013 12:05AM
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Quote from: ajanni on  3-07-2013 10:19PM
the wind thats blowing and removinf cloths on those who wears it,
those who hangs theirs in the wardrobe should be very careful ooooooo

Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin..Dats my boi talking..
-- bobby4emma (m) at 4-07-2013 12:38AM
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It was the right thing to do, The masses was against the  military leaders, religious authorities and political figures had to act bcos morsi was performing, i wish our nigerian youths, our religion leaders can stand up against our government
-- dickman2 (m) at 4-07-2013 12:38AM
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-- beneno (m) at 4-07-2013 12:42AM
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-- akinmanchy (m) at 4-07-2013 01:19AM
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Hard to see dis happening in naija cos there are too many mafians living in that country,although I pray it happens someday,somehow. Lips Sealed

-- escapedprince (m) at 4-07-2013 01:55AM
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To save the country from sliding further into chaos, it's good that he was ousted, Egyptians were united in their resolve to save their country from religious extremists and unfair capitalism that was tearing the once cohesive Egyptian societies  apart, 
  If Nigeria is to stand as one country , the Nigerian citizens and military should borrow a leaf from Egypt ,  The Egyptans has once again displayed that , they value the unity of their country above , Religion, tribe, and regional politics.   !!!!
-- osarobo62 (m) at 4-07-2013 02:05AM
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sometimes the decision of the majority is not always the right decision
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