Rabu, 03 Juli 2013

Morsy out in Egypt coup

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The Egyptian military gave Morsy a 48 hour ultimatum on Monday to accommodate his opponents with a power sharing agreement or be pushed aside. An anti Morsy poster is displayed on a wall in Tahrir Square on July 3. Opposition protesters celebrate on July 3 lighting flares and waving national flags in Tahrir Square. On July 3 in front of a symbolic coffin green lasers illuminate opposition protesters performing funeral prayers for Egyptians killed during clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsy. Opponents of Morsy wave national flags during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo on July 3. A supporter of Morsy holds a poster that reads The people support legitimacy for the president during a rally in Cairo on July 3. Thousands of protesters gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 3. Egyptians salute Army tanks upon their deployment on a street leading to Cairo University on July 3. An opponent of Morsy chants slogans during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo on July 3. Egyptian special forces police stand guard beside an armored vehicle protecting a bridge connecting Cairo and Giza Egypt where Muslim Brotherhood supporters have gathered on July 3. Hundreds of protesters gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo as the deadline given to Morsy by the military approaches on July 3. Opponents of Morsy shout slogans as they carry a symbolic coffin during a protest in Tahrir Square on July 3. A protester shouts during a demonstration in Tahrir Square on July 3. Protesters react after Morsy's speech in a street leading to the presidential palace in Cairo early on July 3. Morsy's angry opponents met head on overnight with his supporters at Cairo University leaving 23 people dead. People watch Morsy on television in Cairo on Tuesday July 2. Fireworks go off as protesters gather in the streets outside the presidential palace in Cairo on July 2. Supporters of President Morsy hold sticks and wear protective gear during training outside a mosque in Cairo on July 2. Morsy supporters march in formation in Cairo on July 2. Opponents of Morsy camp out as they protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo on July 2. Egyptians shout slogans against Morsy in Cairo on Monday July 1. A protester lights a flare as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gather in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on July 1 during a protest calling for the ouster of Morsy. Protesters pray during a demonstration against Morsy in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday July 1. Pro and anti government demonstrations have spread around the country surrounding the one year mark of Morsy coming into office on Sunday June 30. Egyptian protesters shout slogans and wave national flags during a demonstration against President Mohamed Morsy in Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 1. Egyptian protesters ransack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Muqatam district in Cairo on July 1. Protesters stormed and ransacked the headquarters of Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday. Egyptian protesters ransack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo on July 1. Thousands of opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy pray during a protest calling for his ouster at Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on June 30. On the first anniversary of his inauguration Morsy's Islamist supporters vow to defend his legitimacy to the end. Protesters stormed the main headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo the party that Morsy led before his election and set it on fire on June 30. Morsy's opponents say his policies are to blame for a breakdown in law and order for an economy that's gone south and for a gas shortage that has Egyptians waiting at the pumps for hours. Here protestors fill the streets of Cairo on June 30. Protesters sit on top of a power pole as they chant slogans against Morsy outside the presidential palace in Cairo on June 30. Egypt is on the brink of a volcano government run newspaper Al Akhbar said. Periodically Morsy opponents and supporters have clashed and the results have been deadly even before the Sunday clashes. Protesters set off fireworks outside the presidential palace. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters conduct Friday prayers in front of a Cairo mosque before the start of a sit in for Morsy on June 28. Protesters wave national flags and a red card in Arabic reading leave in Tahrir Square during the demonstration against Morsy. Protesters take a rest near Tahrir Square. Those supporting the president say he is the people's choice and refer to the 13 million votes he earned in elections held exactly a year ago Sunday. They say he inherited a broken system and should be given time to fix it. A protester watches an Apache helicopter as it flies over Tahrir Square on June 30. Morsy's opponents stood their ground in the square where protests two years ago helped topple Hosni Mubarak's 29 year rule. The demonstrators say they have collected 17 million signatures roughly 4 million more than what won Morsy the presidency and all of them call for Morsy to go. An Egyptian protester chants slogans during the rally. Hundreds of thousands of Morsy opponents chant outside the presidential palace. Morsy opponents protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo on June 30. Thousands of Egyptian protesters gather in Tahrir Square. Anti Morsy protesters have a wide range of views on why he should go and how to eject him from office. Morsy opponents wave a giant national flag outside the presidential palace on Saturday June 29. Supporters of the president shout slogans at the opposition near a mosque in Cairo on June 29. We're not leaving and the president is staying one supporter told CNN. We believe in democracy. If people don't like him they can vote him out in three years. Mourners shout slogans during journalist Salah Hassan's funeral on June 29 in Port Said. Morsy supporters armed with sticks and shields stand guard at their protest site in Cairo on June 29. Egyptians help a wounded man following clashes between Morsy's supporters and opponents in Alexandria on June 28. Morsy supporters demonstrate in Cairo on June 28. Protests have also erupted in Suez Sharqia El Monofia and Gharbiya the state run Ahram news agency said. And in the port city of Alexandria so many people turned out that traffic virtually came to a standstill. A Morsy opponent waves Egyptian flags during a protest outside the Egyptian Defense Ministry in Cairo on June 28. A protester waves a national flag over Cairo's Tahrir Square. Demonstrator Rifaat Ali traveled from Upper Egypt to the capital with a message to Morsy's opponents Our patience has run out. Either you back off or the only thing left to do is attack with one fist. A chained protester wearing a picture of Morsy participates in an anti government protest in Tahrir Square on Wednesday June 26. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

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Cairo (CNN) Egypt's military deposed the country's first democratically elected president Wednesday night installing the head of the country's highest court as an interim leader the country's top general announced.

Gen. Abdel Fatah El Sisi said the military was fulfilling its historic responsibility to protect the country by ousting Mohamed Morsy the Western educated Islamist leader elected a year ago. The country's constitution has been suspended new parliamentary elections will be held and Adly Mansour the head of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court will replace Morsy El Sisi said.

Mansour will have the power to issue constitutional declarations during the interim period and will establish a government that is a strong and diverse the armed forces chief said. He said Morsy did not achieve the goals of the people and failed to meet demands to share power with opponents who thronged the streets of Cairo and Tahrir Square.

Those crowds erupted as the announcement was made on Egyptian television shortly after 9 p.m. (3 p.m. ET). But Morsy supporters gathered in another Cairo plaza vowed to oppose the coup chanting Down with military rule and The square has a million martyrs.

And in statements posted on the presidential Facebook and Twitter pages Morsy said his ouster would be categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation.

The president who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces tells all citizens civilians and military leaders and soldiers must abide by the constitution and should not respond to the coup which brings Egypt behind he said. Everyone must take responsibility before God people and history.

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Ahead of the statement troops moved into key positions around the capital closing off a bridge over the Nile River and surrounding a demonstration by Morsy's supporters in a Cairo suburb.

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As the hour of the ultimatum neared Morsy offered to form an interim coalition government that would manage the upcoming parliamentary electoral process and the formation of an independent committee for constitutional amendments to submit to the upcoming parliament he said in a posting on his Facebook page. He noted that hundreds of thousands of supporters and protesters had packed plazas around the country and he urged that his countrymen be allowed to express their opinions through the ballot box.

As throngs of Egyptians have been demonstrating for and against President Mohamed Morsy photographers have sought vantage points far above the crowds enabling them to show the enormity of the gatherings. Here protesters gather as fireworks explode over Tahrir Square in Cairo on Tuesday July 2. Click through the gallery for more aerials of the protests. Egyptian men supporting Morsy pray during a rally near the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo on Monday July 1. Protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 1 demand that Morsy resign. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo which has been closed since June 30 will remain closed on Wednesday. Morsy opponents protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo on July 1. Protesters carry large Egyptian flags while shouting slogans against Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood outside the presidential place on July 1. A sea of protesters opposing Morsy waves flags in Tahrir Square on Sunday June 30. The Obama administration has urged Morsy to call early elections Morsy opponents sit on a banner outside the presidential palace on June 30. State funded Egyptian daily Al Ahram has reported 46 sexual assaults during anti Morsy protests in Egypt since June 30. Participants in an anti Morsy protest pray in Tahrir Square on June 30. Anti Morsy protesters pack Tahrir Square on June 30. Morsy a U.S. educated Islamist was elected Egypt's president in June 2012. Critics say he's become increasingly authoritarian. Morsy supporters gather next to the Rabaa El Adaweya mosque during a demonstration on June 28. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Egyptian demonstrations from above Photos videos capture Egypt in crisis

One of the mistakes I cannot accept as the president of all Egyptians is to side with one party over another or to present the scene from one side only. To be fair we need to listen to the voice of people in all squares the statement read.

Morsy a U.S. educated religious conservative was elected president in June 2012. But his approval ratings have plummeted as his government has failed to keep order or revive Egypt's economy. The chaos including open sexual assaults on women in Egypt's streets has driven away tourists and investors while opponents say Morsy's rule was increasingly authoritarian.

As the troops fanned out Wednesday evening Morsy was said to be working from a complex belonging to the country's Republican Guard across the street from the presidential palace according to Egyptian state media.

In Washington State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. government Egypt's leading ally could not confirm reports of a coup. Psaki said the United States is not taking sides and urged all parties to come to a peaceful resolution to the tense and fast moving situation.

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An aide Essam El Haddad said in a Facebook posting that a coup was under way and warned that the generals risked bloodshed by moving against Morsy.

Today only one thing matters. In this day and age no military coup can succeed in the face of sizable popular force without considerable bloodshed wrote El Haddad who works in the office of the assistant to the president on foreign relations. Who among you is ready to shoulder that blame

In a democracy there are simple consequences for the situation we see in Egypt The president loses the next election or his party gets penalized in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Anything else is mob rule he added.

But Naguib Abadeer a member of the opposition Free Egyptians Party said what was under way is not by any means a military coup. This is a revolution.

The people have decided that Mr. Morsy was no longer the legitimate leader of Egypt he told CNN.

Abadeer said Morsy lost his legitimacy in November when he declared courts could not review his decrees and ousted the country's prosecutor general. He said Morsy's supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood the Islamist movement that propelled Morsy to the presidency hijacked the vote of the people by running on a religious platform so these were not democratic elections.

On Tuesday night Morsy had vowed that he would not comply with the military's 48 hour ultimatum and demanded that the armed forces stand down.

If the price of upholding this legitimacy is my own blood I am therefore ready to sacrifice my blood for this country and its stability he said.

But political analyst Hisham Kassem said the speech was Morsy's final bluff.

He was trying to give the impression 'We are there in numbers and we are going to retaliate we are not going to allow this to happen.' However with almost 24 hours since his message it's clear his supporters will not dare challenge the crowds on the street Kassem said.

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He added I think President Morsy effectively is no longer running the country. And faced with the throngs that filled Cairo's Tahrir Square the military had to intervene. Otherwise this crowd was going to get Morsy from his palace.

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Reports of a TV studio takeover

Reuters and several other news organizations reported that Egyptian troops had secured the central Cairo studios of state television as the deadline approached and that staff not working on live shows had departed.

CNN has not confirmed the reports state television denied in an on air banner that there was any additional military presence at its studios.

Massive demonstrations for and against the former Muslim Brotherhood leader who was elected to office a year ago have been largely peaceful.

But 23 people died health officials said and hundreds more were injured in clashes overnight at Cairo University the state funded Al Ahram news agency reported.

Protest leaders have called for nonviolence.

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Egypt's military met Wednesday with religious national political and youth leaders to address the crisis Egyptian military spokesman Ahmed Ali said through his Facebook page.

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Hours earlier an opposition spokesman accused the United States of propping up Morsy out of concern for neighboring Israel.

The hour of victory is coming said Mahmoud Badr of the Tamarod opposition group. He predicted that the illegitimate president would be gone by the end of the day.

Not America not Morsy not anyone can impose their will on the Egyptian people Badr said.

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Switching sides

With the ultimatum the armed forces appeared to have thrown their weight behind those opposed to Morsy's Islamic government.

Early Wednesday soldiers and police set up a perimeter around the opposition's central meeting point Cairo's Tahrir Square to secure it from any possible attack the state run EgyNews agency reported.

It was the police who on the same spot in 2011 killed hundreds when they fired upon democratic moderate and Islamic demonstrators seeking to overthrow Hosni Mubarak the country's longtime autocratic leader and U.S. ally.

Mubarak had repressed the Muslim Brotherhood an Islamic political movement that emerged as the nation's most powerful political force once Mubarak was ousted.

At a pro democracy protest in Cairo demonstrators expressed anger and fear over what the coming hours could bring.

The Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El Haddad told CNN that tanks and armored vehicles accompanied by thugs carrying knives pistols and ammunition had been moved to the northern and southern entrances of the square in an apparent attempt to drive them out.

The military fired warning shots into the air and shot one Muslim Brotherhood member in the leg El Haddad said but the remaining protesters were standing in defiance in front of the tanks.

Some of the protesters oppose Morsy but also oppose pushing from power a democratically elected leader he said. Under no circumstances will we ever accept a military backed coup he said.

But many of the democratic reformers and moderates who accused Morsy's government of moving in an authoritarian direction now support former Mubarak allies and others fed up with the nation's direction in calling for the restoration of order through the military.

They have been pushing to oust Morsy and his Muslim conservative government whose leaders were drawn primarily from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood. They say they have collected more than 20 million signatures on a petition to remove him millions more than the number who voted Morsy into the presidency.

In recent days anti Morsy demonstrators have ransacked Muslim Brotherhood offices all over the country.

Protesters We're not going he must go Morsy's close adviser speaks to Amanpour Interactive map Explore the locations of protests in Cairo Egypt. Photos AFP/Getty Images

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The military's plans

Military leaders have told Arab media that they were planning to suspend the constitution dissolve the parliament and sideline Morsy.

In his place they would install a mainly civilian interim council until a new constitution can be drafted and a new president elected.

The military's ultimatum was intended to push all factions toward a national consensus not to seize power through a coup a spokesman Col. Ahmed Ali said Monday in a written statement.

The military appeared to be pressuring Morsy to reduce the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and include opposition members a source close to highly placed members of Egypt's leadership told CNN.

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That restructuring was already happening. Five of Morsy's ministers resigned this week including Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr.

And former Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud will meet Thursday with the Supreme Judicial Council to be confirmed in the job.

Mahmoud had originally been installed in the job by Mubarak shortly before he left. One of the goals during the 2011 revolution had been to oust him which Morsy did through last November's constitutional declarations.

Mahmoud's return appeared to signify a shrinking of Morsy's power and a tilt toward Mubarak era officials over Muslim Brotherhood loyalists.

In addition 30 members of the Shura Council the upper house of parliament have resigned state run Nile TV reported.

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Morsy's numerous and adamant supporters point out that he is the legitimate president and say that opponents seeking to depose him are circumventing the democratic process.

The unrest prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to call Morsy on Monday and urge a less rigid stance. He stressed that democracy is about more than elections a White House statement said.

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A White House official told CNN that Obama was briefed on the situation in Egypt on Wednesday by his national security staff.

The Obama administration appeared to be giving mixed signals on where it stands. On Tuesday Obama called on Morsy to hold early elections a senior administration official said.

We are saying to him 'Figure out a way to go for new elections ' the official said. That may be the only way that this confrontation can be resolved.

A State Department spokeswoman however denied that Obama urged early elections.

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CNN's Tom Watkins Hamdi Alkhshali Dan Lothian Amir Ahmed Ben Brumfield Ali Younes Chelsea Carter Schams Elwazer Elise Labott Ben Wedeman Ian Lee Housam Ahmed and Salma Abdelaziz contributed to this report.

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