Egypt’s army chief on Sunday fired his deputy chief and a senior officer over alleged corruption and attempted murder of the country’s top prosecutor, while President Mohamed Morsi and other senior officials were taken to the streets for their first night in office since a military coup.
Egyptian military spokesman Brig. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the military “takes all measures necessary” to restore order in the country after the military’s overthrow of Morsi, who had been in power since 2013.
Sissis statements came after the Egyptian parliament approved a new constitution, setting the country on track for a new, interim government led by the countrys chief prosecutor, Abdel-Fatah el Sissi.
Morsi, the first democratically elected president of the Arab world’s most populous country, resigned Saturday.
The president was charged with treason and “inciting violence” after the army seized control of the presidency, parliament and other government institutions on Sunday.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo was locked down overnight as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on the Egyptian government to respect the U.n.’s mandate and restore democracy.
Sisi also sacked a top military officer in a move that comes after the head of the National Security Council, General Ahmed el-Gabbari, resigned.
Gabbaris resignation followed days of clashes between protesters and soldiers in Cairo, where military helicopters fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of people.
Demonstrators in Cairo marched from Tahrir Square, the site of the 2011 uprising that overthrew Mubarak.
The crowds had called for Morsi’s removal, but they were forced to disperse when the military declared a state of emergency and shut down the main Tahrir square.
Sixty-one people were killed in the unrest and more than 500,000 people have been displaced.
The death toll has risen in recent weeks.
The violence has prompted Egypt to tighten its restrictions on the internet, limiting access to news websites and the Twitter-like Twitter feed of the ruling military council.