Egypt’s constitution suspended as military takes charge

By Danielle Wiener-Bronner
July 3, 2013

Egypt’s Mursi faces off with army, plane raid for Snowden angers Bolivia, and Canada makes arrests in al Qaeda-inspired plot. Today is Wednesday, July 3. Here’s the last World Wrap of the week – we’ll be off in observance of the July 4th holiday- brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Egypt's ultimatum is here.

Protesters, who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo, July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Crisp

Egypt’s constitution suspended. The deadline on the Egyptian army’s ultimatum for President Mohamed Mursi to accept a power-sharing arrangement passed this afternoon, and Egypt’s army commander suspended the country’s constitution and appointed the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state. In a televised speech, the military leader effectively declared the ouster of President Mursi:

Egypt’s army deployed tanks and troops close to the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday after a military deadline for Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to yield to street protests passed without any agreement…  As the ultimatum expired, hundreds of thousands of anti-Mursi protesters in Tahrir Square in central Cairo let off fireworks, cheered and waved Egyptian flags in celebration.

Mursi’s national security adviser called the events a military coup as hundreds of thousands of protesters filled Tahrir Square to celebrate and protest against Mursi. The U.S. State Department said in a briefing that it is “very concerned” about the unrest, adding that a peaceful political resolution would be the best option. Sources told Reuters on Wednesday that Mursi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders face an international travel ban.

Bolivian President Evo Morales waves from his plane before leaving the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat, July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Bolivia lays in to Austria over layover. Bolivia accused Austria of kidnapping Bolivian President Evo Morales after Austrian authorities searched for Edward Snowden on his plane during a stopover in Vienna. The investigation was the latest attempt to find the NSA leaker as he globe trots to escape prosecution in the United States, and was another strain on Washington’s ties with potential asylum granters:

Bolivia said the incident, in which the plane was denied permission to fly over France and Portugal before making an stop-over in Vienna, was an act of aggression and a violation of international law. The White House declined to comment on the Bolivian assertion.

South American leaders planned an emergency meeting for Wednesday to discuss how to deal with the incident. Morales stopped in Vienna on his way back to Bolivia after attending an energy conference in Moscow, and was delayed several hours. Snowden has sought asylum in Bolivia, and Morales said he would consider granting him refuge if requested.

 

A photo displays three pressure cookers used by two individuals arrested while conspiring to commit an attack in Surrey, British Columbia, July 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark

Canada Day conspiracy. Canadian police arrested two citizens for allegedly plotting to detonate three pressure cooker bombs during Canada Day celebrations on Monday in an al Qaeda-inspired plot:

Police said there was no evidence to suggest a foreign link to the planned attack, which targeted public celebrations outside the parliament building in Victoria, capital of the province of British Columbia. They declined to detail any links between the two Canadians and the al Qaeda network. They also said they were not aware of any connection to the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon in which three people were killed by devices built from pressure cookers.

Police said they had been monitoring the man and woman since February and that there was no risk to the public.

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Xi’s wisdom - Reuters columnist Edward Hadas explains why China may be right to shift focus away from GDP as a growth indicator. (Reuters)

“Sex and Chopsticks” - A banned pornographic film is accidentally screened in a public Chinese square. (BBC)

Church reincarnation - An abandoned church in Brussels is transformed from an artistic commune to luxury condos. (The Atlantic Cities)

Jenny from the Bloc - There may be a silver lining to Jennifer Lopez’s contentious decision to sing for Turkmenistan’s president. (Foreign Policy)

Dennis diplomacy - Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel peace prize after traveling to North Korea for efforts to “break the ice” between hostile countries. (The Huffington Post)

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