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Cairo: Senior Egyptian jurist Adly Mahmoud Mansour was declared the transitional president by army chief Gen Abdel Fattah Sisi, who says the military commanders had no desire to rule, clearly to allay fears abroad that this was a coup d`etat.
Earlier, the Egyptian Army chief announced the suspension of the country`s Constitution, which meant that President Mohamed Morsi was no longer in power and the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court would be the temporary head of the country.
General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, flanked by religious and military leaders, made the announcement on Wednesday evening, BBC reported.
Morsi was Egypt`s first democratically-elected leader but he drew the ire of many Egyptians who accused him and his Muslim Brotherhood of polarising the country by trying to impose Islamist rule and failing to introduce reforms.
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Speaking about the situation in Egypt, British Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We never support in countries the intervention by the military but... what we need to happen now in Egypt is for democracy to flourish, and for a genuine democratic transition to take place, and all parties need to be involved in that, and that`s what Britain and our allies will be saying very clearly to the Egyptians."
After receiving a standing ovation, Mansour vowed to respect the rule of law. Saluting the youth, armed forces for being conscience of the nation, Mansour hailed free and independent judiciary. Parliamentary Elections are the only way for a freer, a more democratic future, he added. People have given me authority "to amend and correct the revolution of the 25th of January 2011," the intermi leader said, praising the Egyptian media, which has exposed the ills of the past regime.
Adly Mansour, the head of Egypt`s Supreme Constitutional Court, has been sworn in as Egypt`s interim leader.
MENA news agency reports that the Armed Forces said they would not tolerate insulting, provoking or attacking Islamists.
According to state news agency MENA, the Muslim Brotherhood leaders, who were arrested on Wednesday, are being kept in the same prison in Cairo as Hosni Mubarak.
Adly Mansour, the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, will take oath as temporary head of the country on Thursday.
At least 14 people were killed in clashes between opponents and supporters of Morsi, Al Jazeera television reported on Thursday.
Sexual assaults on women have soared with 101 sex attacks being reported amid latest wave of protests in Egypt`s Tahrir Square.
Gehad el-Haddad, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood party, said Morsi was under house arrest at a Presidential Guard facility where he had been residing, and 12 presidential aides also were under house arrest. A security official said Saad el-Katatni, the head of the Freedom and Justice Party, and Rashad Bayoumi, one of two deputies of the Brotherhood`s top leader, were arrested early Thursday. El-Haddad said a list has been drawn up of hundreds of Brotherhood members believed wanted for arrest, including himself.
The Army deployed troops, commandos and armoured vehicles around the country. In Cairo, they were stationed on bridges over the Nile and at major intersections. They also surrounded rallies being held by Morsi`s supporters — an apparent move to contain them.
US President Barack Obama urged the military to hand back control to a democratic, civilian government as soon as possible but stopped short of calling it a coup d`état.
After the military`s 9:20 pm announcement, the Brotherhood`s TV station went black. Islamist TV networks that have been accused of inciting violence also went off the air and some of their prominent anchors have been arrested, according to reports. Security forces stormed the studio of Al-Jazeera Misr Mubasher and detained the staffers.
Travel bans were imposed on Morsi and top figures from the Muslim Brotherhood including its chief Mohammed Badie and his powerful deputy Khairat el-Shater.
Clashes erupted in several provincial cities when Islamists opened fire on police, with at least nine people killed, security officials said.
Islamist President Mohammed Morsi denounced the military`s action as a "full coup" by the generals.
As Egyptian Army chief General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi`s announced the military was ousting Islamist Mohamed Morsi, the boisterous crowds present in Cairo`s central Tahrir Square erupted into cheers, dancing and waving a sea of red, black and white Egyptian flags. The Army has also suspended the Islamist-drafted Constitution and called for new elections.