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2013-07-03 Africa North
Egyptian TV Host Resigns on Air in Protest of Government Censorship
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Posted by tipper 2013-07-03 03:48|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [305 views ]  Top

#1 DEBKA: The army to shortly announce sacking of President Morsi, appoint a provisional council
Egyptian army chiefs are preparing to announce the dismissal of President Mohamed Morsi and install a provisional ruling council to prepare a new constitution and early elections when their ultimatum to the government runs out Wednesday afternoon, July 3. The generals have taken over the state television newsroom in Cairo and are monitoring content. Defense minister Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi spent the afternoon conferring with leading politicians and clerics at a military council crisis meeting. Muslim Brotherhood leaders refused to attend.
Tuesday night, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi rejected the Defense Minister‘s demand that he quit to avert a bloodbath. He said he stood by his “constitutional dignity and demanded the army’s withdrawal of its ultimatum.
DEBKAfile: The general acted after Interior Minister Gen. Muhammad Ibrahim offered to place all police, internal security and intelligence forces at the disposal of the army because they no longer defer to the authority of the president or the Muslim Brotherhood government. This virtual “coup” enabled the army to jump the gun by 24 hours on its ultimatum to Morsi.
This military's action was not quite a “coup,” but it snatched away the Muslim Brotherhood government’s buttress of organized security forces, leaving only loyal adherents as a last prop.
The army thus jumped the gun by 24 hours on its ultimatum to the president to “heed the will of the people” - or else.
Posted by 3dc 2013-07-03 11:08||   2013-07-03 11:08|| Front Page Top

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