CAIRO â€” Egyptâ€™s military officers removed the countryâ€™s 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. Morsiâ€™s removal, erupted in fireworks and jubilation at news of the ouster. At a square near the presidential palace where Mr. Morsiâ€™s Islamist supporters had gathered, men broke into tears and vowed to stay until he was reinstated or they were forcibly removed. â€śThe dogs have done it and made a coup against us,â€ť they chanted. â€śDying for the sake of God is more sublime than anything,â€ť a speaker declared.
Mr. Morsi rejected the generalsâ€™ actions as a â€ścomplete military coup.â€ť
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.