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. Mary

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    July 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ned

    Egypt has never been a Christian nation, and it is unlikely it will ever be.

    July 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      that's the trouble with you modernists you love rewriting history...inaccurately that is...coptic orthodox church is older than dirt compared to the muslim cult

      July 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      Oh@Rascal Rabble i think what @Ned said was not about which religion is historically 'older' but about modern Egypt never being a christian country. Two vastly different issues.

      July 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      no it's not, it is the same...there's been a strategic cleansing of belief systems over a period of time...then you get these false notion oh we are a "muslim country"...which is further from the truth...persecutors of christian and upsurper of cultures...every mosque is a stake claiming squatters rights on the people and state...

      July 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      I said that Egypt was never a Christian nation. I said nothing at all about. Muslims.

      July 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      wrong again...Ned...christian presence in eygypt been long long long long time...since Jesus fled from Herod...believe offically recorded since forty anno domini year of our lord...

      July 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      I realize that you do not like being wrong; Christian presence does not mean Christian nation. Egypt has never been a Christian nation. Egypt is much much MUCH older than Christianity. Please do not dismiss Egyptian history.

      July 6, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      And when Jesus fled Herod with his family, Christianity and Christians, as a religion, didn't exist yet. At that point, they were a Jewish family fleeing from a tyrant.

      July 6, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      Ned...Ned...poor Ned..,who do think the first christians were??? But Joseph and Mary? The Angel Gabriel was quite clear regarding the mission and purpose of the child Jesus concieved by the Holy Spirit...further Christianity is a fulfilment of the jewish faith and messianic promise
      ...christianity is very much a jewish religion...its founder is the same god...that abraham isaac and jacob...jesus mary and joseph is the first christian family...jesus redemptive ministry of humanity begin at moment of mary his mother's fiat (her consent) and his moment of his incarnation into flesh...remember he came for the jews first and then the gentile.

      July 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Rabble, Egypt existed for THOUSANDS of years before the Jewish family fled to Egypt. You are completely dismissing their long history. Egypt didn't become a Christian nation the moment the Holy Family stepped into it, merely because you wish it to be. And please stop the references to Islam in an attempt to confuse the issue, which is: Egypt has never been a Christian nation, and unless something changes, it never will be.

      July 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      coptic christian community been there at least 1900 years

      July 7, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      egypt was apart of the christian roman it was...that is a christian you gonna want everyone to believe there is no such thing as an egyptian jew...mmmm?

      July 7, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Early Christian docs show that James and Peter argued over it. Paganism was the prevailing religion during that time. Never said that the Coptics weren't there. And of course there were Jews in Egypt. Have I said otherwise?

      July 7, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      And because the oppressor of a country is Christian, doesn't mean that the people of that country are. Think Britain during its heyday.

      July 7, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      jews are not pagan...they believe in the one true god...they were disputing the necessity of circncision to become christian...

      July 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      all im sayin Ned you keep implying that islamic is indigenous to the area, egypt, and im clearly stating it is NOT...

      July 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      I never said Jews were pagan. I said that of course there were Jewish people in Egypt. And I never implied anything. I SAID Egypt has never been a Christian nation, not that there were never any there. You read things into what what never written.

      July 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      as usual banasy you are blind to every inappropiate links...but what can you expect from one who embraces "to each his own" relativism...

      July 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And, as usual, you deny that Muslims worship the same God of Abraham. And you know nothing about me at all, so stop speculating.

      July 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      never denied anything...moslem do more than celebrate the abrahamic god they profess to be descendents and children of abraham yet they war against their very own isaaic brethren with unending hatred....abraham had two sons isaac and ishamel...why do they not honor thy father?

      July 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Issaic Brethren fight Issaic brethren all the time. See Israel bombing Palestinians, and Syria. It isn't all just one player in the game. I'm not fond of it, either, but that's the way it's been for centuries.

      July 8, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Now why did my name come up black here?? Weird site...

      July 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Are you denying that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were Jewish? Really? Fun fact: Christians were not given that name until after Jesus died, and it was meant to be used derisively. Learn a little history, Rabble.
      And I'm a Christian, also. Please don't patronize me because you are mad about Egypt not being a Christian nation.

      July 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Do you recall James and Peter arguing whether or not to make Gentiles convert to Judaism before welcoming them into the Ministry of Jesus? (It wasn't called Christianity at the time.) Again, don't patronize me. You are wrong on the subject of Egypt ever being a Christian nation. Let it GO.

      July 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      yep just garbage everything in a ball. it was Paul who debated early jewish christains that it was unecessary for Gentiles to be c!rcncised before becoming christian!
      roman empire was christain and egypt was under roman cut out with the "never"

      July 7, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      And please tell me where I have said there are no Christians in Egypt, Rascal: I didn't. Stop trying to pick an argument over what was NOT stated.

      July 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allison

      Rascal Rabble is correct, and Ned is wrong. Mark the Evangelist established Christianity in Egypt in 33 AD, and Alexandria was one of the greatest christian centers for centuries, co existing with paganism. Islam began after Mohammed's death 632 AD. Egypt is still about twenty percent Christian.

      July 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Egypt had a substantial christian population from Christ until the advent of Islam following Muhammed's death 632 AD. Today they remain twenty percent coptic christian, though heavily persecuted without a murmer from this secular pro-islam administration.

      July 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      The United States appears it will never be a Christian nation neither, with Pagans running it and Pagan worshipers allowing thier destinies to be ruled.

      July 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ned

    You have total religious freedom. What rights have been taken away from you in that regard? And what about equal rights for every citizen offends you so much?

    July 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jetsam

      I see a mayor in Mexico was gu nned down in Mexico. Any of you kiddies care to guess where the weapon came from? Yup. Fast and Furious. Why WithHolder still has a job is beyond me

      July 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      You posted this before.
      Fast and Furious was a Bush program, and when Holder found out about this ill-concieved program, he ended it. The gun was likely from the Bush program that Holder ended.

      July 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    Mary Mary rupert Ned Ned

    July 6, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    I have often, more often than some would like it drawn attention of fellow bloggers to Israeli agenda and US being no more than a an instrument for their machinations, or rather a "thing" as Netanyahu derogatorily calls us. But alas with the exception of a few whose intellect i highly respect no one seems to pay heed.

    July 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    And then these three middle eastern religions Judaism,Christianity and Islam trace back to the same source Abraham, the Prophets and the Law. And thats that.

    July 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    The issue here is the events unfolding in Egypt and the agenda behind the unrest in the region.Read the article @Mary mentions in her 3:27 pm post @Rabble.

    July 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    My 7:27 & 7:32 posts were also in response to @Rascal Rabble .

    July 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rupert

    Oh Rascal Rabble where are you Mammy?

    July 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rupert

    Rascal Rabble, do you look like Mammy or not?

    July 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble for egyptian history muslim cult is a recent event...christianity has its presence IN EGYPT for at least 1900 years...and there nothing wrong with you being wrong and mie being guess like tourists you like the pagan pyramids better...and ignore every other long the Muslim brotherhood been around and who's their founder?

    July 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Why should I CARE about the MB? What does even asking a question like that prove? Christianity had influence on Egypt, but Egypt is not, nor has it ever been, a Christian nation. If it makes you feel better, go ahead and think it is, but that would be wishful thinking on your part.

      July 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      under the roman empire it was argument is mulism is not inherent to egypt either!

      July 7, 2013 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. rupert

    Banasy where are u?

    July 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Ah welcome to blogville @ Ned. And nice to see there are others out there not so willing to blame Obama for everything wrong in the world! Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend!

    July 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol rupert, looks like im not the only sleepless one. Youre here quite late and often now arent you? And i havent posted in several days. Hope you had a nice holiday.

    July 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • rupert

      @chrissy. U too

      July 7, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Lol que sara sara rupert!

    July 6, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
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