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RECAP: As Morsi Languishes in Detention, Egypt Wakes Up to New Interim leader:

July 4, 2013

Time is up for President Mohamed Morsi. Egypt’s head-of-state was democratically elected last June, but another year of instability and chaos has summoned his demise.

Now, the military has taken control and Morsi is currently in detention in an unknown location. His defiant words last night that “If the price of protecting legitimacy is my blood, I’m willing to pay for it,” may not have had the effect he desired.

Afterwards, clashes at Cairo University left at least 16 dead and more than 200 injured.

In his place, little-known judge Adli Mansour was sworn in as interim President this morning.

Two days ago he assumed the post of chief justice of the Constitutional Court, but now he has the highest office in the land.

Reprisals against Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood have been reported across the country in the wake of his ousting.

Anti-Morsi protesters have amassed in the streets since last Friday in demonstrations reminiscent of — if not larger than — those that brought down three-decade President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Violence between supporters of the two sides has escalated.

Civilian political leaders, including the opposition’s Mohammed ElBaradei, was summoned by the army to an emergency meeting — a sign that the generals were preparing for a replacement government.

President Barack Obama has been reluctant to meddle, but the White House reported he told Morsi on Monday that “democracy is about more than elections.”

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