Missing Peace | missingpeace.eu | EN

BREAKING: Egyptian Army Chief announces Mursi ousted, constitution suspended

By Missing Peace

General Abdel Fatah El Sisi, the commander of the Egyptian army,  just announced on Egyptian TV that president Mohammed Mursi has been ousted.
 
El-Sisispecified that the constitution will be suspended temporarily; the head of the High Constitutional Court will take over the presidency and have power until early presidential elections, that will be followed by parliamentary elections – dates as yet unspecified – and there will be a national technocratic cabinet formed.  
 
The head of Egypt’s High Constitutional Court, the most senior Egyptian court, is Adly Mansour. He was promoted to the position in June.
 
A parliamentary elections law will be reviewed by the HCC to stage parliamentary elections; there will be a committee formed to amend controversial articles in the temporarily suspended constitution; there will be a media code of ethics to guarantee the media’s professionality; and a committee for national reconciliation will be formed. 
 
The Egyptian army has been deployed in all major cities.
 
After Sissi’s announcement Tahrir exploded. People celebrated the announcement with fire works and chanting.
 
Misr 25, the Egyptian Brotherhood-run television channel, is off air. Several other Islamist-run channels including Hafez and Al-Nas are off air as well. 
 
An Egyptian appeals court endorsed on Wednesday a verdict relieving Prime Minister Hisham Qandil of his duties and sentencing him to one year in prison for not executing a court ruling.
 
Mohamed Morsihas announced on the official Facebook page of the presidency that the announcement made by the armed forces is a coup and that he rejects it. He said that as president and head of the armed forces he calls on all civil and military citizens to abide by constitution and law and not respond to the coup.

The official website of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ikhwan Online, writes that the military’s announcement is a “conspiracy against legitimacy, a military coup that wastes popular will and brings Egypt back to despotism.”

The statement continued: “Religious scholars condemn the coup and affirm the necessity of upholding the elected president. Symbols of the defunct regime are coming back to the scene at the expense of the blood of the martyrs of the 25 January.”

The statement also claimed that “millions in many squares in Egypt have started a sit-in in support of legitimacy.”

The website also reported that armed forces, deployed a few hours ago around Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque, are personally searching everyone getting into the pro-Morsi sit-in and preventing people from chanting in support of Morsi except after they’re inside the square.

The grand sheikh of Al-Azhar who is one of the most influentual religeous leaders in Egypt said that he supported the call for early presidential elections based on an Islamic precept that the better of two evils is a religious duty,. Accordingly, those gathered decided to hold early presidential elections, their fairness guaranteed by the judiciary, the armed forces and the police.

Professor Eli Podeh, a Middle East expert from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, who was interviewed about the coup in Egypt on Israeli television warned for the reaction of the Islamist parties in Egypt.

He said that half of the people in Egypt were not present during the recent mass demonstrations.  They will react, he fears.

 
You can watch the developments in Egypt  here live:
 
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4400495,00.html

  1. http://theoptimisticconservative.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/its-on-muslim-brotherhood-influence-rejected-in-two-nations/
    It’s on: Muslim Brotherhood influence rejected in two nations | Theoptimisticconservative's Blog
    on July 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm wrote:

    […] outcome of the Morsi-military smackdown underway in Egypt.  (Update as this goes to press:  the Egyptian military says Morsi has been removed.)  But one thing is certain: Egyptians are mounting a broad-scale rejection of the Muslim […]

  2. http://libertyunyielding.com/2013/07/03/its-on-muslim-brotherhood-influence-rejected-in-two-nations/
    It’s on: Muslim Brotherhood influence rejected in two nations | Liberty Unyielding
    on July 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm wrote:

    […] outcome of the Morsi-military smackdown underway in Egypt.  (Update as this goes to press:  the Egyptian military says Morsi has been removed.)  But one thing is certain: Egyptians are mounting a broad-scale rejection of the Muslim […]