Army Ousts Egypt's President; Morsi Is Taken into Military Custody

(New York Times) David D. Kirkpatrick - Egypt's military removed the country's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday, suspended the constitution and installed an interim government presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour. Morsi rejected the generals' actions as a "complete military coup" and said, "The revolution is being stolen from us." Morsi was in military custody, while Egyptian security forces arrested at least 38 senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. At a televised news conference, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi was flanked by Egypt's top Muslim and Christian clerics as well as a spectrum of political leaders including liberal icon Mohamed ElBaradei and prominent Islamist ultraconservative Galal Morra, all of whom endorsed the takeover.

2013-07-04 00:00:00

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