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.