Armed forces remove President Mursi


Egypt’s armed forces carried out a coup d’état last night, putting President Mohamed Mursi under house arrest. They suspended the constitution and placed head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly al-Mansour, as the interim President until fresh elections can be held.

The announcement was made on state television by Minister of Defence and armed forces chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He was flanked by an array opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei and the heads of the Coptic Church and Al-Azhar Mosque, Sunni Islam’s highest place of worship in Egypt.

The presence of members of civil society and the religious base was clearly designed to show support for the move made by the military as it toppled Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

The constitution will be suspended for up to 12 months and a new constitution drawn up prior to fresh presidential and parliamentary elections.

The news was greeted with joy by tens of thousands of anti-Mursi protesters in Tahrir Square and beyond but treated with anger by equally large gatherings of pro-Mursi supporters in Nasr City and beyond.

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