Egypt coup: Some shocked, some elated
A man with his face painted in Egyptian colors celebrates in Tahrir Square.
July 4th, 2013
12:19 AM ET

Egypt coup: Some shocked, some elated

  • Today, Egypt swore in an interim president, Adly Mansour
  • Deposed President Mohamed Morsy remains under house arrest
  • The Muslim Brotherhood says Morsy is cut off from communications
  • Tahrir Square is quiet, and some protesters are making plans to clean up the trash there
  • Refresh this page for the latest news we're seeing and hearing. Catch up with our full story here.

[Update 7:00 a.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. in Egypt] ...250...the number of arrest warrants for Muslim Brotherhood members in connection with killings in front of MB headquarters, which came under attack days ago.  Egypt's new prosecutor general, who Morsy had deposed, issued the warrants.

Muslim Brotherhood headquarters after they were attack.

[Updated at 6:50 a.m. ET, 12:50 p.m. in Egypt] Bahrain's King al-Khalifa, who has had to deal with his own popular uprising, enthusiastically congratulated interim President Adly Mansour "on taking over the reins of power in Egypt at this important time in history."  Iran's state-run Mehr News Agency gave Morsy a kick over his religious orientation on his way out: "Sunni Morsi immediately turned into a critical figure against the Iranian Shia government and has not allowed Iran to appoint an ambassador in Cairo."

[Updated at 5:28 a.m. ET, 11:28 a.m. in Egypt] Mansour says the Egyptian people have empowered him to "amend and correct" the revolution.

[Updated at 5:28 a.m. ET, 11:28 a.m. in Egypt] Who is interim President Adly Mansour?  His low-key demeanor might be the very reason the military picked him, analysts say. CNN's Faith Karimi explains.

[Updated at 5:11 a.m. ET, 11:11 a.m. in Egypt] Mansour appears before Egypt's assembly, prepares to speak.

[Updated at 5:11 a.m. ET, 11:11 a.m. in Egypt] Did Morsy's personal style rub Egyptians the wrong way and contribute to his downfall? Read this portrait of the deposed president by CNN's Laura Smith-Spark.

Also, "coup" or no "coup?" CNN's Christian Amanpour does not mince words:

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[Updated at 4:50 a.m. ET, 10:50 a.m. in Egypt] Reactions have been pouring in from world leaders. Most of them are along the same lines: carefully formulated, and express respect for the will of the Egyptian people. Among the countries that have sent in reactions are Morocco, Jordan ....

[Updated at 4:38 a.m. ET, 10:38 a.m. in Egypt] CNN's Ian Lee reporting in front of the high court: This is the same place, where Mosry was installed just a year ago.

[Updated at 4:34 a.m. ET, 10:34 a.m. in Egypt] Mansour remains chief justice, as well, Egyptian state TV reports.

[Updated at 4:28 a.m. ET, 10:28 a.m. in Egypt]  Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour was sworn in in Cairo.

[Updated at 4:16 a.m. ET, 10:16 a.m. in Egypt] Two leading figures of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested today, Egytian state radio reports. The former speaker of parliament and a member of the party's executive office were taken to Cairo's Torah prison.

[Updated at 4:10 a.m. ET, 10:10 a.m. in Egypt] Today, the European Union called on Egypt to go down the path of democracy, human rights and non-violence.  Its head of foreign affairs and security, Catherine Ashton, said:

"I welcome the peaceful manner in which most demonstrations have been conducted thus far, but I find continuing cases of sexual abuse of female protesters deeply troubling. I urge all sides to show restraint.... Confrontation cannot be a solution."

[Updated at 3:53 a.m. ET, 9:53 a.m. in Egypt]  Egypt's military has arrested Morsy and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It shut down pro-MB broadcasters and raided al Jazeera's Cairo office after it aired a statement by the deposed president.  Then army leaders say today that the military will protect Islamists from attacks and intimidation, state-run Nile TV reports.  And they say they will not shut any factions out of political life.  That brings up an interesting question:

[Updated at 2:52 a.m. ET, 8:52 a.m. in Egypt] Human Rights Watch weighs in on what the Muslim Brotherhood should do next:

[Updated at 2:41 a.m. ET, 8:41 a.m. in Egypt] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he is concerned about stability in Egypt but also respects the will of the people. He hopes Egypt will exit the current crisis stronger.

[Updated at 2:28 a.m. ET, 8:28 a.m. in Egypt]  Health officials say 32 people were killed in clashes in Egypt yesterday.

[Updated at 2:10 a.m. ET, 8:10 a.m. in Egypt] This is a statement from the UAE, which says it is "following with satisfaction" the developments in Egypt. In the UAE, the Muslim Brotherhood is a banned organization.

"H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said that the UAE has full confidence that the great people of Egypt will be able to overcome the current difficult moments that the country is experiencing in order to reach a safe and prosperous future. ...

"His Highness added that the great Egyptian army proves, once again, that it is the strong shield and the protector that guarantees that the country is a land of institutions and law that embraces all the components of the Egyptian people."

[Updated at 1:52 a.m. ET, 7:52 a.m. in Egypt] Instagram has put together a collection of the best photos and videos by its users.  View here

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[Updated at 1:45 a.m. ET, 7:45 a.m. in Egypt] Morsy deprived the opposition of a political process, activist Ahmed El Hawary told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "We don't have - we didn't have any outlets or anyway to be heard unless we go down to the streets and chant our demands, and even though, he ignored us."

[Updated at 1:27 a.m. ET, 7:27 a.m. in Egypt] A popular image on the photo social media site Imgur, allegedly from Egypt.

[Updated at 12:19 a.m. ET Thursday, 6:19 a.m. in Egypt] Welcome to Thursday's Egypt live blog.  With Mohamed Morsy out of power, some of his opponents are making plans to clean up Tahrir Square, while his supporters say they will protest until he is reinstated as president.  CNN's Ben Wedeman, a veteran journalist, who was long based in Cairo, warns that there will likely be no calm after the storm of recent protests.

[Updated at 11:52 p.m. ET, 5:52 a.m. in Egypt] Some 40 anti-Morsy protesters are planning to meet with cleaning equipment to polish up their former protest campground, Tahrir Square.  They have invited over 2,000 people to join them on Facebook

[Updated at 11:03 p.m. ET, 5:30 a.m. in Egypt] CNN's Jake Tapper outlines some fine points of Obama's reaction to the Egyptian military's actions:

President Obama’s statement Wednesday evening about the Egyptian military’s seizure of power from President Mohamed Morsy is as telling for what he doesn’t say as for what he does: he doesn’t mention the word “coup.” He doesn’t call upon the Egyptian military to restore power to the “democratically elected civilian government,” but rather to a“democratically elected civilian government” - in other words, it need not be Morsy’s.

The thinking of the president and senior Obama administration officials, according to a knowledgeable source, is that while the administration is not explicitly supporting the removal of Morsy from power - it expressly did not support the move - it is seeking to now push the Egyptian military in a direction.

If the Obama administration were to use the word “coup.” that would have legal ramifications that would result in the end of U.S. aid. If White House officials were to pull the plug completely, they would be removing themselves from the picture altogether. Read the story.

[Updated at 10:19 p.m. ET, 4:19 a.m. in Egypt] CNN's Ben Wedeman, who spent time at a pro-Morsy rally in Cairo on Wednesday evening, reported he spoke to one protester who said he felt demonstrators would stay there "until Mohamed Morsy is once again president of Egypt."

Wedeman recalled the exchange early Thursday after leaving the pro-Morsy rally to go to the larger gathering at Cairo's Tahrir Square, where people still were celebrating Morsy's ouster.

Wedeman said that although much focus is on the joy and excitement at Tahrir Square, "there's a significant portion of the Egyptian population - (although) I wouldn’t suggest it’s a majority - who are very upset at what has happened."

Wedeman, a CNN senior international correspondent who'd previously served as CNN's Cairo bureau chief, said it appeared the overall mood in Egypt would be different than 2011, when then-President Hosni Mubarak was deposed. In 2011, Wedeman said, Mubarak's supporters kept a low profile for months.

"There's not going to be that quiet after the storm this time around," Wedeman said.

[Updated at 10:06 p.m. ET, 4:06 a.m. in Egypt] Get ready for an extremist backlash to Morsy's ouster, says Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University professor emeritus of international relations.

"The major lesson that Islamists in the Middle East are likely to learn from this episode is that they will not be allowed to exercise power no matter how many compromises they make in both the domestic and foreign policy arenas," Ayoob wrote for a opinion piece. "This is likely to push a substantial portion of mainstream Islamists into the arms of the extremists who reject democracy and ideological compromise."

CNN's Ben Wedeman, reporting from Cairo, also said there's a danger that some members of the Muslim Brotherhood will break from the main group and "challenge (Egypt's new leaders) with violence."

They may take the attitude of "we tried to play the game, our leaders were jailed, our media have been shut down ... so we’re going to destroy the system," said Wedeman, who is a CNN senior international correspondent and had previously been CNN's Cairo bureau chief.

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  1. Mostafa Easa

    Coup? Do you live on planet earth? Or your media is directed by your neocolonial corporate interests in what you call third world countries. 20-33 million people risked their lives to show the world what they want but apparently they didn't get the O K from big brother. WE MADE OUR CHOICE, we don't need your hands in our economy and our politics. We refuse to be oppressed by fascist pseudo-religious, terrorist psychos that you raised in your lap. Accept that men are created equal and we want to be treated equal. Want oil? Try buying it not faking a war so you can steal it. We don't need a hand out but we extend a hand of friendship to the nations of the world as partners not as enemies and certainly not as attaches. We are EGYPT.

    July 4, 2013 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. NYCguy2020

    Instead of making dumb and snarky comments about this being a coup (how is it a coup when over 30 million people took the streets for 3 days in protest), maybe Americans should take note of what the Egyptian people did. Your elected politicians are not listening to the will of the people and the American tax payer is being screwed over and over again by BOTH parties and what you do??? NOTHING absolutely NOTHING.

    At least the Egyptians had the guts to remove their government when it did not listen to the will of the people. To the lib media and the armchair political analysts, BUTT OUT and keep your dumb opinions to yourselves.

    July 4, 2013 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nawel

    Oh shut up already.

    July 4, 2013 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mohammed

    I agree with the article. The people against mursi should relize this, they are puppets of the us. They think they are western but they are uncivilisd and immature. They have no culture and they hate themself and their reigion.

    July 4, 2013 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Bad sarcasm or complete none sense. Not sure. Egypt is obviously choosing not to be a puppet. If the US wants to use the excuse to define this as a coup so Egypt does not get any aid for the US then fine. The Egyptians would rather die in dignity than be a puppet to any country. God bless Egypt and long live Egypt!!

      July 4, 2013 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Where are my pizzas? Where are my pizzas?

      July 4, 2013 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ed

    I swear by Jefferson's head, it wasn't a coup, it was democratic, there were thirty million people in the streets. Anybody there in the Western nations who didn't forget yet what democracy is?

    July 4, 2013 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sarah

    That sucks! I wanted to hear what else this anti-Morsi protestor wanted to say. It seems like his argument made a lot of sense. I wonder why CNN is getting so defensive and cutting him off before he finished his sentence? Could it possibly be because he was winning the argument that this is most certainly not a coup! Hmm...? And you say that you have fair coverage? What a shame. it seems that CNN has already made up its mind that this is a coup and will not tolerate any other views. So sad. You do a really bad job representing America.

    July 4, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Elhoussini

    Egyptian people can confirm "It is not a Coup". What is the meaning of Coup from your POV, you may have to review the definition of democracy outside the strategic/tactical plan of the US. More than 27 Million Egyptian took the streets for more than 4 days in protest, if you want to consider it as a Coup, you have to know we will never follow again and will play different game with another rules...Please try to respect the Egyptioan people. Mr. Obama you may be in need to review your plan (without considering the Egyptian people, nothing will happen in Egypt), The American taxpayer who are being screwed over and over again will not keep us afraid from your plan. Thanks All

    July 4, 2013 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. James


    July 4, 2013 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. James

    it's a new dawn, it's a new day? it's the old guard, it's an old trick!...C-O-U-P!

    July 4, 2013 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. jaffer mohd

    This is the best thing to have happened to egypt. Morsy was incompetent and cannot be compared even to Hosni Mubarak, where at least society wasnt so polarized, divided, and living conditions werent that bad.He just didnt perform and the army did the right thing, keeping in mind the popular mood in whole of Egypt.I salute the Egyptian army for taking this difficult and justified action and hope there is light beyond this for EGYPT.

    July 4, 2013 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Farag

    This is NOT a coup...this is our demand, we r the Egyptian people. The army have to transfer power back to US...So he did...Our president now is chief justice. WE will decide our future...nobody else !! ...thanks to Egyptian army...

    July 4, 2013 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mohamed Fouad

    This is not a Coup... this is what the millions of Egyptians wanted.... we were under Islamic violent regime who uses the support of Hamas and Palestinians as an hidden army instead of their national Army. These are Fake Islamists. I'm Muslim and my name is Mohamed... i pray to god every day 5 times, and know exactly my religion.... Those – Muslim Brotherhoods – are lairs, thieves... and ask for support of others on their country people.

    July 4, 2013 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Adli Mansour

    First I promise freedom, justice, jobs, and pepperoni pizza for all.
    Thank you.

    July 4, 2013 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. mai

    that's very objective of you!!!!how could this be a coup when over 30 million protester were in the streets demanding the loser president to go? how could it be a coup when the interim president is civilian till a new elections is arranged? how could it be a coup when all parties agree and represented! US,mind your own business.this is the people's choice and u will never force anything upon the Egyptian people.

    July 4, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Edward Iskandar

    Mostafa Easa
    Coup? Do you live on planet earth? Or your media is directed by your neocolonial corporate interests in what you call third world countries. 20-33 million people risked their lives to show the world what they want but apparently they didn't get the O K from big brother. WE MADE OUR CHOICE, we don't need your hands in our economy and our politics. We refuse to be oppressed by fascist pseudo-religious, terrorist psychos that you raised in your lap. Accept that men are created equal and we want to be treated equal. Want oil? Try buying it not faking a war so you can steal it. We don't need a hand out but we extend a hand of friendship to the nations of the world as partners not as enemies and certainly not as attaches. We are EGYPT.
    I couldn't put it better than this as well I can't believe that your Gov. did not learn the lesson that when you raised Bin Laden in the end he returned on you I the stupidity of your Governments is to that point. Please for once in your lives accept that all your projects to manipulate and divide the middle east especially had been the biggest failure.
    You couldn't do what the Egyptians did in 2.5 years over 600 years.

    July 4, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
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