July 3, 2013 9:13 PM
Fireworks burst in the sky and green lasers waved overhead as millions of Egyptians celebrated the military's announcement that it was ousting Islamist Mohammed Morsi after four days of mass protests demanding his removal. Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected leader but he drew the ire of many Egyptians who accused him and his Muslim Brotherhood of polarizing the country by trying to impose Islamist rule and failing to introduce reforms. Despite Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's insistence he would remain in power, the country's army chief has announced that Morsi is being replaced by the chief justice of the constitutional court. The military chief added that he has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution, that a new Cabinet will be formed and warned that the armed forces and police will deal 'decisively' with violence. American officials said the Obama administration has been told by Egyptian military leaders that they are not interested in long-term rule following their toppling of President Mohammed Morsi. A government of civilian technocrats has been appointed to temporarily run the country in an apparent bid to forestall potential U.S. sanctions.