President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt has been successful ousted by the military on Wednesday in a coup.
According a statement by Army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the armed forces explained that President Morsi had ignored calls of the people, and the armed forces for reconciliation and that it was suspending the constitution and calling for early elections.
In the meantime, the military say that the chief justice would be installed to be in charge of the country until elections were conducted and a committee is expected to be formed to amend the constitution.
Wednesday’s military takeover was preceded by the mass mobilization of armed vehicles around Cairo, particularly to areas of high concentration of people.
Reports indicated that military forces were mobilized to areas where many had gathered in support of Morsi, such as Cairo University.
In his televised statement, General Fattah al-Sisi noted that the armed forces were adhering to their civil responsibility and not looking to gain power.
He accused the ousted President of not paying attention to the military’s repeated attempts to get him to push for reconciliation. After meeting with opposition and religious leaders, the armed forces chose to remove Morsi from power.
The military chief urged the people to steer away from violence but gave an ominous threat saying, “we will stand up firmly and strictly to any act that stands against the rule of law”, apparently referring to the Muslim Brotherhood and other pro-Morsi supporters who had gathered en masse.
After the overthrow of Morsi was announced, massive crowds gathered in Tahrir Square in jubilation.