In a dramatic move executing the will of the people, the Egyptian army removed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist President of Egypt Mohammed Morsi from power at 7 pm (Egypt time) Wednesday evening.
Morsi and a senior aide were reportedly being held at a military intelligence facility. Other reports said Morsi was being held at a Republican Guard barracks surrounded by barbed wire, barriers and troops. It was not clear from the reports whether or not Morsi was under arrest, although he – as well as 40 leading members of the Brotherhood– will not be allowed to leave the country.
Police issued arrest warrants for 300 Brotherhood activists, according to the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram. The Muslim Brotherhood’s TV station was taken off the air and its managers were arrested.
Armoured vehicles could be seen patrolling the streets, with a special show of force positioned in front of the presidential palace.
Crowds that had swelled to the hundreds of thousands in Tahrir Square alone to protest Morsi since June 30, the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, cheered wildly upon hearing the news. Military personnel could be seen celebrating with the protesters.
General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, head of the Egyptian armed forces, had issued an ultimatum to Morsi two days earlier giving him 48 hours to leave office. Morsi ignored the order until the military moved as promised.
In a televised announcement, Gen. Sisi said that Morsi had "failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people" and outlined a roadmap to bring true democratic rule to Egypt.
"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 tone on live TV.
With the wide support of the country’s political, religious and opposition leaders, Sisi installed an interim government with Adli Mansour, head of the supreme constitutional court ,at its helm and outlined a plan for Egypt’s future that included early presidential and parliamentary elections as well as suspension of the newly written constitution that Islamists had railroaded through the parliament.
Mansour will be sworn in today. He will assisted by an interim council and a technocratic government.
Mohamed ElBaradei, one of the leaders of the opposition, triumphantly said the army’s plan had re-launched the Arab Spring.
Morsi responded to his removal with a post written in his name on his Facebook page that called the events "a full military coup" that were "totally rejected."
The tens of millions of Egyptians protesting Morsi over the past week objected to his corrupt and violence tactics in installing an Islamist majority in the parliament (who then wrote an Islamist constitution), his usurpation of powers from the judiciary wing of the government, widespread economic failure (including the torpedoing of Egypt’s economically crucial tourist industry due to his Islamist agenda).
Morsi’s campaign promise of being an inclusive president for all Egyptians, from secular to religious, was broken immediately. During the voting, Muslim Brotherhood thugs prevented opponents from reaching the polls and intimidated them with violence, raising questions as to the legitimacy of the election results from the start.
The Clarion Project's Ryan Mauro interviewed on 'Fox and Friends' about the removal of President Morsi by the military.