Egypt army topples president, announces political transition
The Jordan Times has this to say about Egypt's armed forces overthrew of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
Flanked by political and religious leaders and top generals, General Abdel Fattah Al Sisi announced the suspension of the Islamist-tinged constitution and a roadmap for a return to democratic rule under a revised rule book.
The president of the supreme constitutional court will act as interim head of state, assisted by an interim council and a technocratic government until new presidential and parliamentary elections are held.
"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 address broadcast live on state television.
After he spoke, hundreds of thousands of anti-Morsi protesters in central Cairo's Tahrir Square erupted into wild cheering, setting off fireworks and waving flags. Cars drove around the capital honking their horns in celebration.
Give it to Morsi, he managed to unite the country. :-)
The massive anti-Morsi protests showed that the Brotherhood had not only alienated liberals and secularists by seeking to entrench Islamic rule, notably in a new constitution, but had also angered millions of Egyptians with economic mismanagement.
The country's two main religious leaders, the head of Al Azhar Islamic institute and the Coptic Pope, both expressed their support for the army's roadmap in speeches after Sisi, as did the main liberal opposition leader, Nobel peace laureate Mohammad Al Baradei.
Posted by: Cholugum Thrart9772 2013-07-04