Egypt’s military suspends constitution, replaces President Morsi

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CAIRO — Egyptian military leaders on Wednesday said they were suspending the constitution, and they replaced President Mohamed Morsi with the head of the nation’s constitutional court.

Cairo's Tahrir SquareLoud 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.