Egypt Army’s Coup Ousts Mohamed Morsi

Egypt Army's Coup Ousts Mohamed MorsiEgypt’s military toppled the country’s first democratically elected president Wednesday night and reportedly put him under house arrest while rounding up some of his top supporters even as the deposed Mohamed Morsi insisted that he remains the country’s legitimate leader.

‘Parliamentary elections’

Adly Mansour, head of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court, will replace Morsi as Egypt’s interim president, Egypt’s top military officer, Gen. Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi said. Mansour was expected to be sworn in on Thursday.

The country’s constitution has been suspended, and Mansour will “establish a government that is a strong and diverse,” said El-Sisi, head of the country’s armed forces. New parliamentary elections will be held, and Mansour will have the power to issue constitutional declarations in the meantime, he said.

‘Guarantee our freedoms’

Morsi was elected president in June 2012. But his approval ratings have plummeted as his government has failed to keep order or revive Egypt’s economy. The chaos, including open sexual assaults on women in Egypt’s streets, has driven away tourists and investors, while opponents say Morsi’s rule was increasingly authoritarian.

“The road map guarantees achieving the principal demand of the Egyptian people — having early presidential elections through an interim period through which the constitution will be amended,” he said. “So all of us build it together and agree on a democratic constitution, so we can guarantee our freedoms.”

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Source: Ben Wedeman. Reza Sayah and Matt Smith | CNN

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Egyptian Army Gives Morsi 48-Hour Ultimatum

Egyptian Army Gives Morsi 48-Hour UltimatumAppearing to throw its weight behind an opposition that swarmed Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the Egyptian military told the country’s civilian government it has until Wednesday evening to “meet the demands of the people” or it will step in to restore order. In a statement carried nationwide on radio and television, the military called the 48-hour ultimatum “a final chance to shoulder the burden of a historic moment in our country.”

‘Increasingly authoritarian’

While insisting they want no direct role in national politics, the generals appeared instead to be pressuring Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, to restructure his government.

In the face of the protests, which began over the weekend, five government ministers announced their resignations Monday. Morsi, a U.S.-educated Islamist, was elected Egypt’s president in June 2012. He resigned his post as leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, after winning office, but critics say he has become increasingly authoritarian over his year in power. And he has failed to revive Egypt’s economy, which crashed when the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak drove tourists away.

‘Credible to the majority’

Shortly after the military’s announcement, Morsi met with Prime Minister Hisham Qandiland Egypt’s minister of defense and head of the country’s military, Gen. Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, according to the president’s Facebook page.

The source who discussed the issue with CNN said the military is asking Morsi’s government to reduce the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and focus on a governing style credible to the majority. Gerges said those changes could include the appointment of an opposition figure as prime minister, the appointment of a new prosecutor-general and opposition-backed amendments to the country’s constitution, which voters approved in December.

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Source: Salma Abdelaziz. Reza Sayah and Ben Wedeman | CNN

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