Egypt’s military overthrows democratically elected President Morsi

Mohammed Morsi
Mohamed Morsi

President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt has been overthrown by the country’s military after a 48-hour standoff handed by the armed forces for Mr. Morsi to resolve weeks of street protests.

The head of the armed forces, Abdel Fattah al-sisi, announced the takeover in a television broadcast.

He said Egypt’s constitution has been suspended while the head of the constitutional court, Adli Mansour, will run the country until new elections are announced.

The military had given Mr. Morsi 48 hours to meet the demands of protesters who were calling for his resignation. Mr. Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically and freely elected president.

The ultimatum expired Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Morsi vowed not to give in. He said he would surrender his life than office.

Ahead of the takeover, the military said they were prepared to shed blood to keep the country stable.

The dramatic events have surprisingly drawn nearly no condemnations as of yet from world powers.

[liveblog]


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  • Lanre

    I watched the Coup Speech with the Army General surrounded by a group of partisans, all believing in the Egyptian Nation. Reminds me of those who surrounded Babangida and Abacha when they came on their march of banditry through Nigeria. Democracy is not a cake walk. And it is not only about elections. Lesson for all those willing learn. Hopefully the Egyptian people will find their feet on their march away from arbitrariness to responsible governance.

  • nija pikin

    I wish we have a military with balls so that we can play soccer abi lanre?

  • dele

    What is playing out today is the most bizarre nature of “democracy” at work. A president was democratically elected by majority of the people of Egypt just “a year ago”. Granted, some of the actions of Morsi were authoritarian in the making but it is the job of the law courts to curb such unconstitutional actions.

    His mandate (whether popular or not) was due to expire at the next elections. Every government suffers dips in popularity during its tenure. This is mob rule pure and simple. The Egyptian people and nation is in a state of chaos this evening. Best of luck to them.

  • nija pikin

    I can not believe no govt in europe and america have condemn the overthrow of a democratically elected govt, even saudi arabia congratulated the coup ploters what a double standard I miss George w Bush and Obj they could have made a difference hope african democracies are not in danger,