In what can only be described as a military coup, Egyptian military tanks have moved in on Cairo and reportedly surrounded President Morsi. Reporters on the ground have confirmed that President Morsi is currently under house arrest and has been removed from power by the military.
The coup comes after Morsi and his opponents failed to reach a political agreement.
The state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported that “the General Command of the Armed Forces told President Morsy around 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) that he is no longer a president for the republic.”
During a televised address, a spokesman for Egypt’s armed forces confirmed that Egypt’s constitutional court “will assume the presidency” until elections are held.
Prior to the move by the military, a Morsi adviser, Essam al Haddad, told reporters that a coup which could result in “considerable bloodshed” was underway, but the military initially denied those reports. However, it became clear that a coup was near after a meeting between military and civilian leadership in the country.
“As I write these lines I am fully aware that these may be the last lines I get to post on this page,” Haddad wrote. “For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: Military coup.”
Haddad also cautioned people against celebrating the ouster of a democratically elected president.
“In a democracy, there are simple consequences for the situation we see in Egypt: The president loses the next election or his party gets penalized in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Anything else is mob rule,” he added.
This is the second time in two and a half years that the army has removed the country’s leader.