'Overthrow': Egypt's Military Ousts Morsi, Suspends Constitution
November 28, 2020 | News | No Comments
Events in Egypt took a dramatic turn on Wednesday evening after General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, took to state television and announced that the military council was suspending the constitution, replacing an embattled Mohammed Morsi with an interim presidential appointment, and calling for new parliamentary elections.
Cheers and fireworks went up in Tahrir Square as news of the announcement spread among Morsi opponents and advocates for a deepening of the revolutionary ideals that previously swept Morsi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011.
Mahmoud Badr, a leader and spokesperson for the Tamaroud movement which led much of the opposition against Morsi’s rule spoke after Al-Sissi and called “for all political parties to come and start a dialogue.”
“We don’t want to exclude anyone,” Badr is reported as saying.
Opposition leader Mohamed El Baradei, responded to the new ‘roadmap’ with cautious support, saying the transition should move toward new elections quickly. He called for “social justice for every single Egyptian” and said the Egyptian street “has paid a high price” for a hopeful political future.
Meanwhile, reports of silence, anger, and confusion were coming from rallies where pro-Morsi supporters had gathered.
The Guardian offered this plain-language summary of the plan:
Termed as a “roadmap” for Egypt’s political future, Al-Sisi’s statement released a flurry of commentary and speculation.
Morsi’s option remained unclear, but the Ahram Online reports that the ousted president “announced on the official Facebook page of the presidency that the announcement made by the armed forces is a coup and that he rejects it. He said that as president and head of the armed forces he calls on all civil and military citizens to abide by constitution and law and not respond to the coup.”
Following the SCAF announcment, journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous tweeted:
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And Al-Jazeera continued its live coverage:
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