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07-03-2013, 09:05 PM
http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/309213-egyptian-army-deposes-president-morsi


The Egyptian army announced Wednesday that it had deposed President Mohammed Morsi, suspended the nation's constitution and would be installing a technocratic government.

The televised remarks of Army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi capped 48 hours of tense uncertainty as the military demanded the Muslim Brotherhood and its opponents resolve their differences.

Millions of people have taken to the streets of Cairo and cities across Egypt demanding the removal of the country's first freely elected leader, just one year after he was voted into a four-year term.

“The armed forces have listened to the message and have received the call” of the Egyptian people, Sisi said.

The military says it hasn't conducted a coup but rather is helping midwife a civilian transition with the support of the political opposition and Muslim and Coptic leaders. The army met with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei for emergency consultations Wednesday morning as the deadline to its ultimatum approached.

Late Wednesday, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood tweeted that Morsi and "most members" of his presidential team have been put under house arrest.

In his first statement since the overthrew, President Obama late Wednesday repeated that the United States was not taking sides in the dispute and avoided using the word “coup.” He said he was “very concerned” by developments and called on the Egyptian military to quickly restore power to a “democratically elected civilian government.”

Earlier, the Obama administration said it would not take sides in the standoff between Egypt’s military and Morsi.

“I think I've been very clear to the point where you're probably tired of me saying that we haven't taken sides and don't plan to take sides here,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

An unidentified U.S. official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the State Department has ordered nonessential personnel and families to leave Egypt.