Egyptian President Overthrown
Posted at: 07/03/2013 2:13 PM
| Updated at: 07/03/2013 10:39 PM
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military has ousted the nation's Islamist president, replacing him with the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, calling for early presidential elections and suspending the Islamist-backed constitution.
Army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a televised address to the nation, said a government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country during a transition period he did not specify.
An aide to ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Ayman Ali, said the former leader has been moved to an undisclosed location. He gave no details.
Protesters cheer news
The protesters who've filled city squares in Egypt, calling for the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, are welcoming the announcement from the military that Morsi is being replaced.
Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi's ouster. Fireworks lit the Cairo night sky. Morsi supporters around the city shouted "No to military rule."
Egypt leader's office calls military measures coup
A statement on the Egyptian president's office's Twitter account has quoted Mohammed Morsi as calling military measures "a full coup."
The denouncement was posted shortly after the Egyptian military announced it was ousting Morsi, who was Egypt's first freely elected leader but drew ire with his Islamist leanings. The military says it has replaced him with the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, called for early presidential election and suspended the Islamist-backed constitution.
Morsi was quoted as saying those measures "represent a full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation."
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