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Updates on the situation in Egypt as the military moves and protesters congregate

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Protestors, who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo July 3, 2013. (Photo: REUTERS/Steve Crisp)

Updated: 6:51 PM EDT

With his presidential power effectively squashed by a military intervention, Mohammed Morsi took to the Internet hoping to revitalize public sentiment regarding his presidency and the democratic process that gave it to him.

In a online video address, Morsi reitereated "I am the President of Egypt" and stressed the importance of following the Constitution. The video, posted to the channel of the Egyptian Presidency, was soon taken down.

Morsi has consistently called the military action a coup.

The military has shut down at least three Islamist television channels including Al Jazeera and the Muslim Brotherhood-owned Misr 25. Some Misr 25 employees have been arrested as seen in a photograph taken by blogger Zeyad Salem. Al Jazeera reported that the military arrested the employees and guests at the their Egypt station, while on the air.

At least 6 Morsi supporters were killed and at least 5 were injured in Matrouh and Assuit during conflicts with military forces, according to New York Times reporter Mayy El Sheikh. Similar clashes have been reported in most regions of Egypt. 

Updated: 3:50 PM EDT

The Egyptian Armed Forces on Wednesday deposed President Mohamed Morsi, and announced that the chief judge of the Constitutional Court would serve as the country's executive until new elections can be held.

In a statement read live, Egyptian military leaders said the constiution was suspended after Morsi failed to heed its warning to bring about a national reconciliation and implement a roadmap to the future.

In the build-up to the Egyptian statement, tanks and soldiers descened on Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands of protestors gathered to demand the resignation of President Mohamed Morsi, who they accuse of ruling undemocratically. The crowd stood in virtual silence as the military statement was read, but erupted into cheers and fireworks after the statement was read.

Two days ago, the military issued an ultimatum that Morsi need resolve the conflict or step down.

High food and fuel prices sparked the protests which have continued all week as Morsi remained defiant. In a speech Tuesday, Morsi said he'd rather die than step down in order to uphold the country's democratic process.

The military has issued a travel ban on Morsi and members of his team and taken control of state media. Morsi's current whereabouts are unknown, though his Twitter account is still active. The military statement gave no indication of what was planned for Morsi, or for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties.

 

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