Egypt army commander suspends constitution

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 03, 2013 3:18 PM
Egypt army commander suspends constitution

CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of Egypt's armed forces issued a declaration on Wednesday suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state.

In a televised broadcast, flanked by military leaders, religious authorities and political figures, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi effectively declared the removal of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Sisi called for presidential and parliamentary elections, a panel to review the constitution and a national reconciliation committee that would include youth movements. He said the roadmap had been agreed by a range of political groups.

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(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh and Tom Perry; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)