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Egypt army ousts Morsi, calls early vote

July 3rd, 2013 3:14 pm by Associated Press

Egypt army ousts Morsi, calls early vote

Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi celebrate by the light of flares as they wave national flags and his picture in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military has ousted the nation's Islamist president, replacing him with the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, calling for early presidential election and suspending the Islamist-backed constitution.

Army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, said a government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country during a transition period he did not specify.

An aide of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Ayman Ali, said the former leader has been moved to an undisclosed location. He gave no details.

Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi's ouster. Fireworks lit the Cairo night sky. Morsi supporters elsewhere in the city shouted "No to military rule."


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