Egyptian army chief announces coup

Egyptian Defense Minister Sisi has announced the head of the constitutional court as the new interim president of Egypt until presidential elections are held.

Egyptian army chief announces coup

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fatah El Sisi has announced the head of the constitutional court as the new interim president of Egypt until presidential elections are held.

Sisi said this was part of a roadmaps for the future of Egypt that also includes temporarily suspending the constitution and forming a coalition government of technocrats.

He added that the new interim president would be able to issue constitutional declarations until the suspended constitution is amended through a special committee the interim president will form.

Sisi said the roadmap stipulates holding early presidential elections.

The defense minister also announced the formatting of a high committee for national reconciliation.

The powerful army establishment had given all parties, including President Mohammad Morsi, two days to thrash out a settlement for a political deadlock that brought millions of people onto the streets nationwide this week.

It said otherwise would come up with a roadmap for the future of Egypt and supervise its implementation.

But Morsi went on state television late last night insisting he would not allow any institution, group or individual to undermine his constitutional authority, and ruling out any possibility of early presidential elections even if his life was the price.

He offered to change government, amend constitution, speed up preparations for parliamentary elections and work on national reconciliation, if the opposition agrees on such a settlement.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2013, 22:48
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