No, those aren’t early 4th of July fireworks in Times Square, they’re fireworks over Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. From CNN:
Egyptian military ousts Morsy
Egypt’s top military leader announces Wednesday night that President Mohamed Morsy has been removed from power
Head of Egypt’s constitutional court will be temporary president until new constitution is drawn up, and new elections can be held
The military demanded that Morsy share power with opponents after anti-government protests
Morsy, elected last year, refused to comply; mass protests continue to support him
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[Updated at 4:42 p.m. ET, 10:42 p.m. in Egypt] The chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has weighed in:
“It is unfortunate that Morsy did not heed popular demands for early elections after a year of his incompetent leadership and attempting a power grab for the Muslim Brotherhood,” U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, said in an e-mailed statement. “Morsy was an obstacle to the constitutional democracy most Egyptians wanted.
“I am hopeful that his departure will reopen the path to a better future for Egypt, and I encourage the military and all political parties to cooperate in the peaceful establishment of democratic institutions and new elections that lead to an Egypt where minority rights are protected. But make no mistake about it, Egypt is in for very difficult days.”
Interesting on the day before the anniversary of our struggle for Democracy, the now, Ex-President Morsy tweets:
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