July 4th, 2013
08:34 AM ET

Military Ouster in Egypt; U.S. "Deeply Concerned"

“New Day” is covering the crisis in Egypt from all angles this morning, with live team coverage from Cairo to the White House and expert analysis in New York.

An interim president has now been sworn in by the Egyptian military after it ousted the country's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsy.

CNN’s Reza Sayah is in Cairo following the action on the ground.

“Former President Mohamed Morsy is now under house arrest,” Sayah reports. “General Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, chief of Egypt's armed forces announced that Adly Mansour, the head of Egypt's highest court will replace Morsy as interim president.”

With this turn of events, the prospect of a civil war for this key U.S. ally is now very real. CNN’s Athena Jones is in Washington with more on that.

President Obama released a statement saying, “I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible…,” but he refrained from calling the situation a coup.

“In the instance of a military coup," Jones reports, "U.S. law dictates that aid, in this case, aid to the tune of $1.5 billion a year must be cut off.”

Host of CNN-i's "Amanpour." and CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour weighs in on the conflict and whether it is indeed a coup.

“In Egypt, you have what they're calling a popular uprising,” Amanpour says. “So you have a coup backed by millions and millions and millions of people.” But each side sees it differently.

“On the anti-Morsy side, they are absolutely adamant that this is not a coup,” Amanpour explains. “On the pro-Morsy side, they say this was a staged military coup and nothing else to it.”

CNN's Fareed Zakaria, host of "Fareed Zakaria GPS" and Editor-at-Large of Time Magazine, thinks the definition is clear. “This is a coup," he says, "there’s no other way to describe it.”

According to Zakaria, the president is likely being cautious with his words.

“If he calls it a coup, immediately, U.S. aid has to be cut off because the legislation is pretty clear and so they're buying themselves some time.”

Follow along on CNN.com as the story develops.

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  1. GEORGE MASILINGI

    ITS COUP WELL DEFINED,MORSY ACTED HAS DICTATER SO ITS BETTER AND WELL.

    July 4, 2013 at 9:16 am | Reply

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