CAIRO ‚ÄĒ Egypt‚Äôs military officers removed the country‚Äôs first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday, suspended the Constitution and installed an interim government presided over by a senior jurist.
Tahrir Square, where tens of thousands of opponents of the government had gathered each night since Sunday to demand Mr. Morsi‚Äôs removal, erupted in fireworks and jubilation at news of the ouster. At a square near the presidential palace where Mr. Morsi‚Äôs Islamist supporters had gathered, men broke into tears and vowed to stay until he was reinstated or they were forcibly removed. ‚ÄúThe dogs have done it and made a coup against us,‚ÄĚ they chanted. ‚ÄúDying for the sake of God is more sublime than anything,‚ÄĚ a speaker declared.
Mr. Morsi rejected the generals‚Äô actions as a ‚Äúcomplete military coup.‚ÄĚ
This is disturbing. I have no confidence in the new leadership in maintaining democracy in Egypt. The forceful ouster of a freely elected president, and a media black out. That doesn't seem like democracy to me at all. I pray for the safety of the people and hope that violence is kept to a minimum.