Well that was quick
FLASH: Egypt state-run Al-Ahram quotes presidency source saying the army told Mursi at 7 p.m. (1700 gmt) that he was no longer president— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) July 3, 2013
Some headlines from the speech:
- SEESI: MILITARY TRIED TO BROKER RECONCILIATION FOR MONTHS
- SEESI SAYS PRESIDENCY REJECTED OVERTURES
- SEESI: MURSI SPEECH YESTERDAY DIDN'T MEET PEOPLE'S DEMANDS
- SEESI SAYS EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD
- EGYPT'S CONSTITUTION TO BE SUSPENDED UNDER PLAN, SEESI SAYS
- SEESI: MILITARY AGREED ON ROADMAP THAT WON'T EXCLUDE ANYBODY
- SEESI SAYS GOVERNMENT OF TECHNOCRATS TO BE FORMED
Mursi is unhappy:
- MURSI URGES CITIZENS TO REJECT COUP: SKYNEWS CITING STATEMENT
- EGYPT'S MURSI SAYS MILITARY MEASURES REPRESENT 'FULL COUP'
Which however is irrelevant, as Mursi is about to disappear, only to reappear perhaps in the transit zone of the Moscow airport
BREAKING: Morsi's aide says Egyptian leader has been moved to an undisclosed location. -MM— The Associated Press (@AP) July 3, 2013
From the WSJ:
Egypt’s military announced it is ousting Islamist president President Mohammed Morsi, suspending the constitution and calling for early elections—a move the presidential palace quickly branded a “complete military coup.” Egypt will be ruled temporarily by the president of the Supreme Constitutional Court, the head of Egypt’s military, Gen. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, said in an address on state television Wednesday evening in Egypt. Mr. Morsi rejected the declaration that he was out of office and called on Egyptians to avoid bloodshed and honor the constitution.
Of course, how the Muslim Brotherhood will accept their overthrow remains unclear but after the initial shock expect "reprisals"...
Persecution of Islamists in Egypt begins. Police arresting personnel at Islamist media channel. Leaders in hiding. MB revolt inevitable.
— Ed Husain (@Ed_H
usain) July 3, 2013
The new interim head of Egypt will be revealed tomorrow:
- Head of Egypt constitutional court to be sworn in as interim head of state on Thursday
He will most likely be succeeded by Mohamed ElBaradei.
While earlier the State Department spokesperson was careful not to take sides, it seems - given Cantor's recent comments of the US long-standing support of the Egyptian military - that they have come out in support of the new framework; for fear, we suspect, of the growing anti-American sentiment we first exposed here.
Egypt Muslim Brotherhood TV taken off air: MENA http://t.co/53Fl1CKXOR— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) July 3, 2013
*U.S. ORDERS HOME NON-ESSENTIAL DIPLOMATS IN EGYPT: AP
Reuters is reporting that four are dead in clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces in Alexandria - as we noted here, it seems the military's standby role has shifted gears.
*STATE DEPT TELLS U.S. CITIZENS IN EGYPT TO LEAVE COUNTRY
Live feeds from Cairo:
Fireworks, Lasers, and screams of joy (for now)...