People's Coup Backed by Egyptian Military in play.

People’s Coup Backed by Egyptian Military in play.

A WILD day in Egypt, as millions of protesting people in Tahrir Square and beyond, backed by the Egyptian military, oust Mohammed Morsi, the first democratically elected president. The people’s coup in Egypt comes after days protesting, demanding Morsi’s ouster.

Al Jazeera reports:

The army said a roadmap for Egypt’s political future will be unveiled at around 19:30 GMT, with state media reporting that the plan sets a tight schedule for new elections.

State television said opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei and the heads of the Coptic Church and Al-Azhar – Sunni Islam’s highest seat of learning – would present the roadmap for the country’s future.

ElBaradei, Pope Tawadros II and Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb had been in talks with the military over the transition from the rule of the Islamist president, military sources said earlier.

According to the official MENA news agency, the roadmap is to consist of a “short” transition period followed by both presidential and parliamentary.

The army reportedly also slapped a travel ban on the president and his Islamist allies by sending a list of names to airport security, security sources told Reuters news agency.

The list included Muslim Brotherhood leaders Khairat el-Shater, Essam el-Erian and at least 40 other Islamist leaders, the sources tsaid.

Statement by President Obama is below. It’s interesting for its force of disapproval, even though Obama has done little to affect the situation since President Morsi was elected.

Millions of Egyptian people protesting Morsi’s rule propelled the military to take action to back them up, which President Obama only begrudgingly acknowledges, but only at the very end of his statement.

Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt

As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights, and reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people. The United States does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the democratic process and respect for the rule of law. Since the current unrest in Egypt began, we have called on all parties to work together to address the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, in accordance with the democratic process, and without recourse to violence or the use of force.

The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution. I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters. Given today’s developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.

The United States continues to believe firmly that the best foundation for lasting stability in Egypt is a democratic political order with participation from all sides and all political parties “”secular and religious, civilian and military. During this uncertain period, we expect the military to ensure that the rights of all Egyptian men and women are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, due process, and free and fair trials in civilian courts. Moreover, the goal of any political process should be a government that respects the rights of all people, majority and minority; that institutionalizes the checks and balances upon which democracy depends; and that places the interests of the people above party or faction. The voices of all those who have protested peacefully must be heard ““ including those who welcomed today’s developments, and those who have supported President Morsy. In the interim, I urge all sides to avoid violence and come together to ensure the lasting restoration of Egypt’s democracy.

No transition to democracy comes without difficulty, but in the end it must stay true to the will of the people. An honest, capable and representative government is what ordinary Egyptians seek and what they deserve. The longstanding partnership between the United States and Egypt is based on shared interests and values, and we will continue to work with the Egyptian people to ensure that Egypt’s transition to democracy succeeds.