CAIRO, July 3 (RIA Novosti) – The Egyptian military on Wednesday deposed President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the country’s constitution, the country’s defense minister said.
The constitution has been suspended and a panel has been formed that will review and amend it in accordance with the people’s demands, Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said in a televised address to the nation.
An early presidential election will be held and during the transition period the country will be led by the head of Constitutional Court, the minister said.
Morsi earlier on Wednesday proposed forming a coalition government to pave the way to parliamentary elections in a bid to end the current standoff. The presidential office said Morsi also proposed setting up an independent commission to introduce amendments to the country’s constitution.
“The presidency envisions the formation of a consensus coalition government to oversee the next parliamentary election," the office said in a Facebook statement.
Morsi’s statement came as the deadline passed on the army’s ultimatum asking him to meet the people’s demands and resolve huge protests against his rule or face a military takeover.
Millions of protesters gathered around the country demanding Morsi’s ouster on Sunday, the first anniversary of his presidency.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district and in Tahrir Square, the focus of the 2011 revolution and the key venue of many opposition rallies.
According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, at least 16 people were killed and more than 600 injured across Egypt in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents on Sunday night.