Q&A: Egypt in turmoil

By on July 10, 2013
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Egypt has been thrown into turmoil once again, after the army ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi a year after his election.

What happened?

The head of the armed forces, Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, announced late on 3 July that the constitution had been suspended and that Chief Justice Adly Mansour would oversee an interim period with a technocratic government until presidential and parliamentary elections are held.

Several of Egypt’s most influential figures gave their approval to the ousting of Mohammed Morsi. They included Egypt’s highest Islamic authority the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar, the head of the Christian Coptic Church, leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei, and the hard-line Salafist Nour party.

Troops backed by armoured vehicles secured key sites in the capital, Cairo, as hundreds of thousands of opposition protesters and Mr Morsi’s Islamic supporters took to the streets.

Read more about Egypt’s current situation at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23146910

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