Military officials: 'Morsi no longer leader of Egypt'

Military officials: 'Morsi no longer leader of Egypt'
NBC News

POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 1:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 12:23pm

Gen. Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, Egypt's top military officer, in a televised address on Wednesday outlined a political road map for the country to follow after announcing that President Mohamed Morsi was no longer the leader of the country.

He warned the military would respond firmly to any violence.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was told by the country's military at about 7:00 p.m. local time Wednesday that he was no longer president, according to state-run Al Ahram newspaper, citing an unnamed presidential source.

Early on Wednesday, an adviser to President Mohamed Morsi suggested that a military coup was under way in Cairo.

Essam al Haddad, Egypt's presidential senior adviser on foreign affairs said on a government Facebook page: "As I write these lines I am fully aware that these may be the last lines I get to post on this page. For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let's call what is happening by its real name: Military coup."

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Egypt has a bitter taste of Dictatorship. Now it has tasted freedom. It's not going to forget either flavor soon. The next "Leader" may want to ponder that fact.

Way to go Obama. More of that 'smart' diplomacy. Turned Libya into a perpetual war zone, Syria into a war zone, and now Egypt. Obama failed to see what the word 'unintended consequences' meat. Left power vacuum in Libya and that spread to Syria and now Egypt with Muslim Brotherhood in control.

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