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July 03, 2013

Egypt's Army Suspends Constitution, Declares Mursi Out of Power;
Says Chief Justice of Constitutional Court Will Serve As Interim Head of State

Here are the details of the military's roadmap back to democracy.

Suspending the constitution provisionally;

-The chief justice of the constitutional court will declare the early presidential elections;

-Interim period until president elected. Chief Justice will have presidential powers;

-A technocrat, capable national government will be formed;

-The committee will offer all its expertise to review the new constitution;

-The Supreme Constitutional Law will address the draft law and prepare for parliamentary elections;

-Securing and guaranteeing freedom of expression, freedom of media

-All necessary measures will be taken to empower youth so they can take part in decision making processes

-The EAF appeal to the Egyptian people with all its spectrum to steer away from violence and remain peaceful. The Armed Forced warn it will stand up firmly and strictly to any act deviating from peacefulness based on its patriotic and historic responsibility.

On that "technocrat" government thing: I read a piece a few weeks ago -- before this revolution actually became a full revolution -- that stated that no one in Egypt's government had any experience governing or had any idea what the hell they were doing. Basically the government consisted of people who had done nothing but read the Koran all day long all their lives.

I wonder if the military's statement that a "technocrat, capable" government is a code for "We're not allowing firebrand clerics to hold positions of responsibility over finance and trade, for God's sake."

Live pictures of Tahrir, lots of fireworks.

That's ABC. Here's Al Jazeera.

Of course, just because the military says it doesn't make it so. Or, rather: the military will almost certainly prevail, but this drama isn't necessarily over; the Muslim Brotherhood is not above terrorism.

And now they actually have a semi-decent reason to feel aggrieved that doesn't date back to the 8th century AD.

Mursi Arrested?



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