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Egypt’s Morsi quoted as calling army action a military coup

Reuters

July 3, 2013 | 1:02 pm

Soldiers pull barbed wire fencing near army soldiers taking positions in front of protesters who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, near the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo on July 3. Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Soldiers pull barbed wire fencing near army soldiers taking positions in front of protesters who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, near the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo on July 3. Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

The Facebook page of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi quoted him on Wednesday as saying he rejected measures announced by the army as a "military coup."

The army, in a statement aired live on television, appointed a new, interim administration to replace Morsi as president, suspended the constitution and called for an early presidential election.

It was unclear whether Morsi has access to his own Facebook page or if the statement was posted by an aide.

Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Writing by Patrick Werr; Editing by Yasmine Saleh

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