Egypt's military leader suspends the constitution, appoints interim head of state

Egyptian General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announces removal of Morsi as president, proposes roadmap for future; interim administration to determine when presidential, parliamentary elections to take place.

By REUTERS
July 4, 2013 06:34
Military vehicles proceed northeast of Cairo May 21, 2013.

Egyptian military tanks, flags in Sinai. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's armed forces overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday and announced a political transition with the support of a wide range of political, religious and youth leaders.

After a day of drama in which tanks and troops deployed near the presidential palace as a military deadline for Morsi to yield to mass protests passed, the top army commander announced on television that the president had "failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people".

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