Loud cheers broke out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where tens of thousands of anti-government protesters had gathered to wait for the televised announcement. Supporters of Morsi were also out in force at Cairo University and at a mosque in the city’s Nasr City district.
Morsi’s whereabouts were not clear. Local media reports said only that he was in “political isolation.”
The military had given Morsi until 5 p.m. (8 a.m. PDT) to form a coalition government or see the generals impose a solution to months of unrest, but the deadline passed without agreement.