Egyptian General Announces Overthrow Of Islamist President, Country Erupts In Celebration

Millions of Egyptians took to the streets of the country’s cities to celebrate the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi who was deposed on Wednesday after a military coup. In a televised address, Egyptian army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi informed the public that Morsi had been removed due to his failure to accommodate the public’s demand for reforms.

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“Since last November, 2012, they started to call for a national dialogue with all political parties have responded, and it was rejected by the president in the last moments,” Sisi said in the televised address.

He laid out the number of times the military has attempted to work with Morsi to agree on reforms to no avail. Sisi said that Morsi has been removed from office as a result of his disagreements with the military and the country will enter a transitional phase before to new elections can take place.

Sisi informed the public that the country’s supreme court chief justice will assume the role of acting president during that transitional period. After new elections are held, the country should draft a new constitution to replace the one drafted under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Following his announcement, the streets of Egypt exploded with jubilation.

Watch the announcement and the celebrations below via Fox News Channel:

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