Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Ousted by Military Coup

The military has suspended the Islamic-backed constitution and announced an upcoming presidential election to find a replacement.

A protester carries an anti-President Mohammed Morsi poster in Tahrir Square.

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A protester carries an anti-President Mohammed Morsi poster in Tahrir Square.


Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s rocky one-year reign ended Wednesday in a swift military coup as fireworks exploded over Cairo and millions cheered his ouster.

The Third of July celebration began as word spread through Tahrir Square that the army had efficiently enforced its promise to depose Egypt’s first democratically elected leader.

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Egypt protesters mass before military deadline

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Supporters of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold sticks and wear protective gear during training outside of the Rabia el-Adawiya mosque near the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Egypt was on edge Tuesday following a ‘last-chance’ ultimatum the military issued to Mohammed Morsi, giving the president and the opposition 48 hours to resolve the crisis in the country or have the army step in with its own plan. Protesters seeking the ouster of the Islamist president remained camped out at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising, gearing up for a third day of anti-Morsi rallies. Across town, Morsi’s Islamist backers have hunkered down at their own rally site, vowing to resist what they depict as a threat of a coup against a legitimately elected president. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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