Egyptian Military Moves Against Al Jazeera as Journalists Resign Alleging Qatari Influence

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Published on Jul 12, 2013

Pro and Anti-Morsi Leadership Accuse Each Other of Alliance with US

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Egyptian military overthrows Morsi, targets Muslim Brotherhood

egyptFireworks light the sky outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt moments after Egypt’s military chief says President Morsi has been replaced. | Nariman El-Mofty/AP

By Nancy A. Youssef and Amina Ismail | McClatchy Foreign Staff

CAIRO — Egypt’s military took control of the country Wednesday, suspending the constitution and asking the head of the country’s high constitutional court to lead the nation in a transition period with a government comprised of “technocrats.”

In a somber announcement on national television, the country’s defense minister, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, announced that the military had taken the action because Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, had shown himself unwilling to meet the demands of a fractured opposition that had wanted him to step down.

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