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. saywhat

    No @Be afraid
    by the likes of McCain and that mindset. Right from 9/11 to Iraq & Afghanistan, Yemen, Mali,Libya and now Syria & Egypt that mindset has been the driving force behind our foreign non-policy. Pr.Obama's mistake & weakness to let that policy roll.

    July 5, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Nason

      Yeah, because letting Bush policy stand has worked so well.

      July 5, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    With this approval rating and being the most unproductive Congress in our history, the dual loyalty reps ruling the roost, its us the people who are letting them get away with playing with our destiny.
    Speak out, write to your reps, join orgs of thinking Americans who are making efforts to make a difference like Just Foreign Policy,, Council for a Livable World, Democracy Now , Veterans Today & others. Visit Common Dreams and political journals like Counter Punch to be informed.

    July 5, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    From Egyptian Streets on FB
    "Armed Forces personnel backed with armoured vehicles have mobilized at the scene of violence in Alexandria's Sidi Gaber, separating pro-Morsi supporters and anti-Morsi supporters.

    July 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Morsi supporters were witnessed using live ammunition against police officers and anti-Morsi protesters, leading to the use of tear gas.

    July 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @ rupert, As I said this is from Egyptian Streets on FB, not mine.

      July 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Television reports show the army standing on the side of anti-Morsi protesters, who cheered as the military arrived.

    July 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    TJI headline July 4, 2013 : Egypt coup. Some shocked, some elated.
    CNN headline July 5, 2013 : Violence erupts in Egypt.

    It seems now that the supporters of Morsi are displeased with the outcome of events over the last few days. I just can't imagine why.
    One thing, I've got to give kudos to the people of Egypt for their expedience. When they say they're going to do something, they don't do any backstepping. They just get it done. Kind of a wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

    July 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Lol, well said at Katman. Good morning. And of course I have been blocked from finishing my post

    July 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Btw, FB removed the video from Egyptian Streets FB page citing that the video amounted to "incitement" and that the video "violated their community rules."

    July 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ Mary
    I hasn't said it yet but because of the events of the last few days, I believe we are about to witness a more traditional form of terrorism in Egypt now. Car bombings and other assorted methods used by the radical ( coward if you will )islamist will be used against the civilian populace. I guess they feel if they can't have it, then no one can have it.
    I truly hope I'm wrong about this, but I don't think I am.

    July 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Hadn't said it, not hasn't said it.

      July 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I know it's a different revolution, but

    During the French Revolution a lawyer, a priest, and an engineer are all to be put to death by the guillotine.

    The lawyer lies down, waiting for the blade to come down. When the blade drops it suddenly stops inches away from the lawyer's throat. Every watching agrees he can't be legally executed twice, so they let him go free.

    The priest goes next and the same thing happens, the blade stops inches from his throat. Everyone watching agrees he was saved by divine intervention, so they let him go free.

    The engineer is next, he stares up at the blade and suddenly he shouts out "Wait a second, I see your problem..."

    July 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    @ Katman, You know I love ya, but that wasn't funny. Especially seeing the video of US backed FSA severing Syrians heads just because they were NOT like them. The guy even had to twist his head to get it off the body. This is NO joke.

    July 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      After I had posted that I recalled reading about the beheadings and felt instant remorse. That was definitely bad taste given the present situation and I do apologize to all for my bad timing.

      July 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I've done the same... speaking with out thinking. As I said, I know your heart is good.

      July 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    And make NO mistake Pres. Obama will side will Isreal , even against the US citizens... much like he is doing with the Egyptian citizens. My God , he even THREATENS them. Obama is in full or gasim mode with power.

    July 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fayrouz

    Thank you Mary,,

    July 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    You're very welcome @ Fayrouz 🙂

    July 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. A. Ahmed

    The US must play its ethical role in supporting dsemocracy anywhere in the world. Some of the so-called liberal parties in Egypt have allied with the military to make a coup against the first civilian elected Egyptian president in the history of Egypt ever. The military also backed their coup by religious background in a council they formed of religious figures turning Egypt into a military religious state.
    In the first minute of announcing their demotion of democracy , they shutdown more that 17 TV channels, prevented the print of newspapers and started a raid of arrests within their opponents without court orders.
    All free countries of the world must not provide any support for this military regime until the elected president of Egypt is back in his office.

    July 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
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