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Army Plans to Replace Morsi with Civilian Council
July 2, 2013

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The Egyptian army plans to replace President Mohamed Morsi with an interim council of non-politicians, a draft road map asserts.

Morsi, who has said he wasn't consulted on the army's 48-hour ultimatum, planned to continue on his own path of national reconciliation, despite the presence of millions of protesters in the streets of many of the country's biggest cities. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood planned counter-demonstrations and vowed to defend Morsi if the army tried to force him from power.

According to the draft plan, the military would name members of a civilian council from different political groups to run the country until an amended constitution was in place and new parliamentary elections could be run. Morsi and the Brotherhood oversaw the same process during the last year.

The army said it would be open to talks with the main opposition group, the National Salvation Front, headed by former presidential candidate Amr Moussa and former Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed El-Baradei.

Meanwhile, another two ministers resigned their posts, bringing to six the number of top government officials to have left the government in the past week. Among the latest to leave was Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr.

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