Thu, 04 Jul 2013 08:45:00 GMT | By Reuters

Egypt: Morsi under house arrest, new president to be sworn in

Morsi’s aides were being held at the Republican Guard barracks where he spent his final day in office defying calls for him to resign but unable to forestall an ultimatum from the generals


Egypt: Morsi under house arrest, new president to be sworn in (© Reuters)

Cairo: Egypt's army was holding ousted President Mohamed Morsi at a military facility inCairo on Thursday and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders were arrested in a crackdown on the movement that won several elections last year.

The United Nations, the United States and other world powers did not condemn Morsi's removal as a military coup. To do so might trigger sanctions. Army intervention was backed by millions of Egyptians, including liberal leaders and religious figures who expect new elections under a revised set of rules.

But as vast crowds partied on Cairo's Tahrir Square, hailing a "second revolution" to match the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Islamists feared a clampdown that revived memories of their sufferings under the old, military-backed regime. At least 14 people were killed and hundreds wounded in street clashes.

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