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Egypt army topples president, announces transition

(Reuters) - Egypt's armed forces overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday and announced a political transition with the support of a wide range of political, religious and youth leaders. After a day of drama

(Reuters) – Egypt’s armed forces overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday and announced a political transition with the support of a wide range of political, religious and youth leaders.

After a day of drama in which tanks and troops deployed near the presidential palace as a military deadline for Mursi to yield to mass protests passed, the top army commander announced on television that the president had “failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people”.

Flanked by political and religious leaders and top generals, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the suspension of the Islamist-tinged constitution and a roadmap for a return to democratic rule under a revised rulebook.

The president of the supreme constitutional court will act as interim head of state, assisted by an interim council and a technocratic government until new presidential and parliamentary elections are held.

“Those in the meeting have agreed on a roadmap for the future that includes initial steps to achieve the building of a strong Egyptian society that is cohesive and does not exclude anyone and ends the state of tension and division,” Sisi said in a solemn address broadcast live on state television.

Review overview
  • Wedi Mekonnen July 4, 2013

    Morsi was not democratically elected. The Egyptians were given two choices – elect Mubarak man or Morsi and they chose the better evil – who then begun promoting a narrow Islamic agenda of his own and his party. Good that this man and party are removed. They would have been headache to the Arab world and Africa!

  • Kombishtato July 5, 2013

    Arab nations are united in their praise about the military coup in Egypt. Will they come out and say a word or two about Eritreans in Arab slavery too?
    Many are hypocrites as usual except the Assad regime who is decently happy to see the Islamists of Egypt hanged upside down and said, “Egyptians have discovered the “lies” of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Eritreans saw their lies long ago when Eritrean young children, brothers and sisters were sold openly in the Egyptian human organ and slave markets.

    Taken from Aljazeera:


    Qatar’s new emir congratulated Egypt’s Adli Mansour after he was sworn in as an interim leader.

    Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, “sent a cable of congratulations” following the swearing in.

    The foreign ministry said: “Qatar will continue to respect the will of Egypt and its people across the spectrum,” the source said.

    Qatar was alone among Gulf Arab states in celebrating the 2011 Arab Spring revolt that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

    Saudi Arabia

    Saudi King Abdullah sent a message of congratulations to Adly Mansour ahead of his appointment as interim president.

    “In the name of the people of Saudi Arabia and on my behalf, we congratulate your leadership of Egypt in this critical period of its history. We pray for God to help you bear the responsibility laid upon you to achieve the ambitions of our brotherly people of Egypt,” the message said.


    Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday praised Egypt’s protests against their leader and said his overthrow by the military means the end of “political Islam”.

    Assad, who is seeking to crush a revolt against his own rule, said Egyptians have discovered the “lies” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    He spoke in an interview with the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper.

    “What is happening in Egypt is the fall of so-called political Islam,” Assad said. “This is the fate of anyone in the world who tries to use religion for political or factional interests.”

    United Arab Emirates

    The UAE welcomed the change in Egypt, according to state news agency WAM, and praised the Egyptian armed forces.

    “His Highness Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the foreign minister of the UAE, expressed his full confidence that the great people of Egypt are able to cross these difficult moments that Egypt is going through,” WAM said in a statement.

    “Sheikh Abdullah said that the great Egyptian army was able to prove again that they are the fence of Egypt and that they are the protector and strong shield that guarantee Egypt will remain a state of institutions and law,” it added

  • Kombishtato July 5, 2013

    What would Issaias say about the news:

    Is this good or bad for Egypt? “I dono”
    Is this good or bad for Eritreans in Arab slavery? “I dono”
    Have you read about Eritreans in Arab slavery in Egypt Sudan and Libya? “I dono”

    Why is that Eri Tv and some so called “opposition” websites so ashamed to post the slavery of Eritreans in the Arab world? “If I dono, how do I know about them Arabs?”
    What about this Deutche Welle report? ” I dono German, I am an Arab. I mean coalition partner, ye Ani, not their Abeed or kedami 🙂 ”

    …. Harrowing stories

    Captives were often left lying in the dirt for days or weeks, he said. The traffickers used stones, chains, or branches from a tree to beat victims on their legs, back and even his head, Mulugeta explained. The pain was excruciating, but after a while, he admitted, he didn’t even feel it, his body was numb and it all became a blur. He often went in and out of consciousness. Then I asked him, as tenderly as possible: “Were you ever raped?” Wuldu struggled translating the question. Mulugeta stared at the city lights for what seemed to be hours, though it was only a couple of minutes. Finally Wuldu turns to me exasperated. “How can he talk about these things? What can he say? His concern is not for him. He worries for his daughters.” Mulugeta pulls out a tissue and begins to dab his eyes.

    His upper body bent over, he stumbles when he tries to speak. Wuldu continued waving his hands in the air. “What could he do? He doesn’t remember much about the beatings.” Mulugeta said if wanted to see his daughters, the traffickers would bring the girls to him and rape them in front of him. There was nothing he could do. They cried for him, but he was forced to watch as they screamed and were violated, stripped and beaten.

    The traffickers demanded $30,000 for each of them. The translator explained that many people in Mulugeta’s community in Eritrea raised the funds and gave them to his wife. When she sent money, the traffickers told him: “If we let one of the girls go, we don’t know if she will make it out, she might get taken by someone else, so you go – and send us the money. Your daughters will be safe here.”

    Mulugeta arrived in Tel Aviv in November last year – forced to abandon his daughters. He was released after three months along with four others and brought to Israel where they were left out on the street. He says he is comfortable at the shelter. There are many men there who have gone through similar experiences. Wuldu expresses his admiration for Mulugeta. He often seeks his advice, his comfort and they pray. Mulugeta is grateful to the Israelis for giving him somewhere to say. “I want to give thanks,” he said.

  • Tamrat Tamrat July 6, 2013

    Muslim Brother Hood wanted to continue their barbaric international politics that is make civil war in east africa and Guess what now they can enjoy civil war at home. If they want they can use both elf and eplf in Egypt to make the civil war more colrfull. Poor warmongers few eritreans who stood With Egypt declaration of civil war on the horn. Poor isayas kickec rigt between his legs onve again.

  • daniel July 6, 2013

    But they should have given him more time this is not right , he was elected president , who gave the Military the right to suspend the constitution ? the military will use any means possible to stay relevant and have influence on the government, this is very bad and dangerous for the country and for yhe democratic process.