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Egypt army ousts Morsi, calls early vote

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago July 03, 2013 Jul 3, 2013 Wednesday, July 03 2013 July 03, 2013 1:18 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

CAIRO - Egypt's military has replaced their embattled president, President Mohammed Morsi, with the nation's chief justice, suspended their Islamist-backed constitution and called for early elections.

Army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, said a government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country during a transition period he did not specify.

Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi's ouster. Fireworks lit the Cairo night sky. Morsi supporters elsewhere in the city shouted "No to military rule."

The military earlier today moved to tighten its control of key institutions. It did so with the passing of a deadline it had set for Morsi to meet the demands of protesters calling for him to leave office.

Just before the deadline arrived, Morsi vowed again not to step down. And he criticized the military for "taking only one side."

After the president's ouster, Morsi's aide said he was moved to an undisclosed location.

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