Morsi ousted by the military–Egypt’s constitution suspended

Mohammed Morsi

Newscast Media CAIRO—Israeli Web site DEBKAfile reported on July 3, that President Mohamed Morsi had been removed from his palace and taken to a military base as the ultimatum deadline given to him by the military passed. Muslim Brotherhood leaders are also believed under arrest. According to DEBKAfile, security travel bans have been issued against Brotherhood leaders. Sources in Cairo report that they will be tried for “crimes” committed during their year in office.

The Egyptian military had given Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum to solve the civil crisis, and according to Press TV, Morsi defied the ultimatum and asked the military to cancel it.

The military shot back by saying: “We swear to God that we will sacrifice even our blood for Egypt and its people, to defend them against any terrorist, radical or fool,” Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed forces (SCAF), headed by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said in a statement on Wednesday, according to Press TV.

In a twist of events, Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyid Erdogan had called for Syria’s
Assad to step down from office, now Erdogan is the one facing the possibility of being
ousted, as demonstrations continue in Turkey.

Morsi himself had also asked Assad to step down from the presidency, and went as far as severing all ties with Syria. Whether this is bad karma happening to Assad’s vocal Arabian opponents, we don’t know. What we do know is, Morsi has lost the very office he wished to see his neighbor lose, while Turkey’s Erdogan also sees his slowly slipping away and is now blaming Israel for all the tumult in his country.

Syria’s Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi told Press TV, “Egypt will be able to overcome its crisis if Morsi realizes that the vast majority of the Egyptian people refuse his presence and are calling for his departure.”

As for the Egyptian constitution that was drafted and approved by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood allies, it is being suspended for the next 12 months, while a new one that’s in the works will be put to a referendum before presidential and parliamentary elections.

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