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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

Egyptian military ousts Mohammed Morsi as president, suspends constitution

Cairo, 04 July, (Asiantribune.com):

The Egyptian military announced to the cheers of hundreds of thousands that it has ousted Mohammed Morsi, appointed a new head of state, and temporarily suspended the country’s constitution.Egypt’s military chief says Morsi has been replaced by the chief justice of constitutional court. The military also called for early elections.

Morsi’s aide said he has been moved to an undisclosed location.

Morsi’s party, the Muslim Brotherhood, described the situation as a “military coup.”

Earlier, airport officials said a travel ban has been issued against Morsi and the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The officials said Wednesday that the travel ban on Morsi has to do with his escape from prison with more than 30 other Muslim Brotherhood during the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Also banned from travel is Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, his deputy Khairat el-Shater. The opposition accuses them of calling all the shots during Morsi’s year in power.

Giant cheering crowds of Morsi’s opponents had been gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other locations nationwide all day, waving flags furiously in expection that the military will act to remove the Islamist president after the deadline ends.

Earlier, Egypt’s military moved to tighten its control on key institutions Wednesday, putting officers in the newsroom of state TV, in preparation for an almost certain push to remove the country’s Islamist president when an afternoon ultimatum expires.

For the second time in Egypt’s tumultuous 2 1/2 years of upheaval, the powerful army appears to be positioned to remove the country’s leader. But this time, it would be ousting a democratically elected president, the first in Egypt’s history – making its move potentially explosive.

Just before the deadline, Mohammed Morsi, inaugurated a year ago after the 2011 fall of his autocratic predecessor Hosni Mubarak, repeated his vows not to step down in the face of millions of protesters in the streets in the biggest anti-government rallies the country has seen.

- Asian Tribune –

Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi addresses the nation on Egyptian State Television Wednesday. Egypt's military chief says president is replaced by chief justice of constitutional court. / AP Photo/Egyptian State Television
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