Egyptian military tanks, flags in Sinai.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Egyptian army General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday announced Mohamed Morsi was no longer president and the chief of constitutional court would assume the task of interim president during a transitional period.
Egypt's army deployed tanks and troops close to the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday after a military deadline for Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to yield to street protests passed without any agreement.
Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website that the army told President Mohamed Morsi at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT) that he was no longer head of state. It quoted a presidential source.
Morsi's national security adviser said a military coup was under way as armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met political, religious and youth leaders.
"In this day and age, no military coup can succeed in the face of
sizable popular force without considerable bloodshed," said Essam
El-Haddad, adding it might be his last post on his official Facebook
The state news agency MENA said the head of the Egyptian armed forces, liberal opposition leaders and senior Muslim and Christian clerics would make a joint announcement of a roadmap for a new transitional period and new elections two years after the overthrow of autocratic ex-president Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising.
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