Egypt army ousts Morsi, calls early vote

Green laser lights illuminate opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi performing funeral prayers, for Egyptians who were killed during clashes between supporters and opponents of President Morsi, in front of a symbolic coffin, left, covered by the national flag in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
Green laser lights illuminate opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi performing funeral prayers, for Egyptians who were killed during clashes between supporters and opponents of President Morsi, in front of a symbolic coffin, left, covered by the national flag in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military has ousted the nation’s Islamist president, replacing him with the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, calling for early presidential election and suspending the Islamist-backed constitution.

Army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, said a government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country during a transition period he did not specify.

An aide of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Ayman Ali, said the former leader has been moved to an undisclosed location. He gave no details.

Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi’s ouster. Fireworks lit the Cairo night sky. Morsi supporters elsewhere in the city shouted “No to military rule.”

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