Egyptian army ousts President Morsi
July 4 , 2013
The head of Egypt's army announced on Wednesday night that President Mohammed Morsi has been removed.
Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi went on to state that the constitution has also been suspended.
The top judge of Egypt's Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, is to be sworn in as interim leader later in the day.
The move comes after four days of nationwide demonstrations against Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, and an ultimatum issued by the military that expired on Wednesday afternoon.
Anti-Morsi protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the revolution that ousted former leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011, erupted in cheers following Sisi’s speech.
Morsi was chosen as Egypt’s first Islamist president on June 30 , 2012 in an election viewed as free and fair. His critics say he failed to tackle political unease and a dwindling economy. Morsi is now under house arrest.
Following his ouster, at least 14 people have been killed in clashes between his opponents and supporters.