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Morsi ousted

Chief justice of constitutional court appointed interim president

An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fatah El-Sisi delivering a statement as opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei (L), the heads of the Coptic Church and Al-Azhar and other officials sit next to him on Wednesday during the unveiling of a roadmap for Egypt’s political future. — AFP

Constitution suspended; new Cabinet to be formed: Army chief
Military roadmap calls for an early presidential election

Saudi Gazette report

CAIRO – Egypt’s chief of armed forces General Abdel Fatah El-Sisi issued a declaration on Wednesday suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state, effectively declaring the removal of President Mohamed Morsi.

The head of the constitutional court will have power of president until early presidential elections that will be followed by parliamentary elections. A new national coalition Cabinet will be formed.

There are massive celebrations at anti-Morsi rallies in Tahrir Square and Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo.

“We have made many proposals to get out of the current crisis. We met with the Egyptian president on 30 June, 2013, during which we rejected any threat to the Egyptian people.

We were hoping for reconciliation that would fulfill the aspirations of the people. However, the president’s address did not live up to the expectations of the Egyptian people.

So we called for a meeting involving different parties, without excluding anyone,” said El-Sisi

The roadmap consists of suspending the constitution, holding early presidential elections, forming a committee to look into amendments of the constitution, taking measures to include the Egyptian youth in the decision-making process.

El-Sisi said that the armed forces would never turn a blind eye to the aspirations of the Egyptian people. The armed forces will always be out of politics. The Egyptian people called on the armed forces to fulfill the goals of the revolution.

A Morsi aide said the Egyptian leader has been moved to an undisclosed location.

Egypt’s leading Muslim and Christian clerics backed an army-sponsored roadmap .

Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Cairo’s ancient seat of Muslim learning, and Pope Tawadros, the head of the Coptic Church, both made brief statements following an announcement by the head of the armed forces that deposed Morsi.

Tawadros said the plan offered a political vision and would ensure security for all Egyptians, about 10 percent of whom are Christian.

Meanwhile, an Egyptian appeals court endorsed a verdict relieving Prime Minister Hisham Qandil of his duties and sentencing him to one year in prison for not executing a court ruling.

Qandil was convicted for failing to execute a verdict ordering the reinstatement of employees at Tanta Flax and Oil Company.

Earlier, the military deployed tanks and troops close to the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday after a military deadline for Morsi to yield to street protests passed without any agreement.

The elected Muslim Brotherhood president, in office for just a year, remained out of sight in a Republican Guard barracks surrounded by barbed wire, barriers and troops, but military sources denied media reports that he was under arrest.

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