Mohamed Morsi was ousted by revolution, he was informed by a military’s coup a few hours ago that his run as head of Egypt’s government was abruptly finished.
The officers said that the Islamic constitution has been suspended and inform of an upcoming presidential election to find a replacement for Morsi.
The Defense Minister Abedlfatah al-Seesi televised announcement was greeted with fireworks and cheers by the millions of anti-Morsi protesters in Tahrir Square.
“Reuters is reporting that ousted president Mohamed Morsi is being held by the authorities, according to a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman and an Egyptian security official. Ahmed Aref, the Brotherhood spokesman, said both Morsi and Essam El-Haddad, a senior aide, were being held but he did not know where. A security official has said they were being held at a military intelligence facility.”
Mohamed Morsi’s aide Essam Al Haddad wrote on Facebook: “For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: military coup.”
“In this day and age, no military coup can succeed in the face of sizable popular force without considerable bloodshed,” he wrote. “Who among you is ready to shoulder that blame?”
“Justice dictates that the voice of the masses from all the squares should be heard,” said Morsi, referring to the protesters demanding his removal and those supporting his continued reign.
“Today is the day of decisiveness, declared Mahmoud Badr, spokesman for the youth movement behind the latest anti-Morsi demonstrators. The hour of victory is coming.”
Millions of demonstrators calling for Morsi’s removal packed Tahrir Square in central Cairo as a military helicopter circled above.
“We want a better future, a better economy,” said Riham Adel, a 28-year-old secretary who joined the throngs in Tahrir Square, epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak. “We don’t want to be so divided and polarized, and this is what the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi did to us.”
“If they bomb us, we will not let Morsi down,” his supporters chanted outside the mosque. “If they shoot at us with bullets, we will not abandon our cause.”
“The army is an ally of the nation. It protects everyone, regardless of their political stance, said one demonstrator, Mahmoud Yassin. There will be no clashes between us and the army, no matter what…. If the army steps in, we will stay and continue our peaceful demonstration in support of Morsi’s legitimacy.”
But the office followed up with an appeal “to everyone to adhere to peacefulness and avoid shedding blood of fellow countrymen.”
Mohamed Morsi’s presidential office quoted him as saying that the measures announced by the armed forces amounted to a “full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation.”