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Egypt: Military's move spells smiles for some, but tensions simmer00:58

Egypt: Military's move spells smiles for some, but tensions simmer

Egypt, Cairo
July 3, 2013 at 20:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

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Egypt: Military's move spells smiles for some, but tensions simmer

Egypt's military ousted President Mohammad Morsi on Wednesday, calling for a new presidential election to take place. Celebrations erupted in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands of Egyptians had been calling for Morsi's resignation which was imposed by the countries armed forces.

Army Chief of Staff General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, speaking on national television, announced the new President as Supreme Constitutional Council Head Adly Mansour and the suspension of the constitution. A statement on Morsi's presidential office Twitter account quoted Morsi as calling the military's move "a full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation."

Shortly before the announcement, soldiers backed by armoured vehicles deployed around the Presidential Palace and along key streets and bridges in Cairo. The military said it was imposing a travel ban on Morsi and key members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential political movement which Morsi's Freedom and Justice Party was strongly linked to.

Morsi assumed office on June 30, 2012 after mass protests toppled the government of then-President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled from 1981 to 2011. Morsi is currently in an undisclosed location.

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Egypt: Military's move spells smiles for some, but tensions simmer

Egypt's military ousted President Mohammad Morsi on Wednesday, calling for a new presidential election to take place. Celebrations erupted in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands of Egyptians had been calling for Morsi's resignation which was imposed by the countries armed forces.

Army Chief of Staff General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, speaking on national television, announced the new President as Supreme Constitutional Council Head Adly Mansour and the suspension of the constitution. A statement on Morsi's presidential office Twitter account quoted Morsi as calling the military's move "a full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation."

Shortly before the announcement, soldiers backed by armoured vehicles deployed around the Presidential Palace and along key streets and bridges in Cairo. The military said it was imposing a travel ban on Morsi and key members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential political movement which Morsi's Freedom and Justice Party was strongly linked to.

Morsi assumed office on June 30, 2012 after mass protests toppled the government of then-President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled from 1981 to 2011. Morsi is currently in an undisclosed location.