Military coup in Egypt removes Morsy

The recently elected Islamist President of Egypt Mohamed Morsy has been removed from power in a military coup staged under the leadership of General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, head of Egypt’s armed forces who issued a declaration suspending the Constitution and appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state.

Gen. al-Sisi called for presidential and parliamentary elections, a panel to review the Constitution and a national reconciliation committee that would include youth movements. The road map had been agreed to by a range of political groups. Earlier, the top generals summoned civilian political leaders to an emergency meeting to discuss a new interim government while moving tanks toward the presidential palace and restricting Morsy’s travel. The military’s intelligence service had banned any travel by Morsy and senior Islamist aides, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, and his influential deputy, Khairat el-Shater.

This move from army has led to violent protests by the supporters of Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsy.