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Egypt press celebrate Morsi's ouster

04 July 2013, 12:00

Cairo - Egypt's largely state-run press on Thursday unanimously hailed the army's overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as a "legitimate" revolution.

"The people's legitimacy was victorious," the flagship government-owned Al-Gomhuriya splashed on its front page.

The mass circulation daily carried a picture of armed forces chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi under a panoramic shot of the ecstatic crowd thronging Cairo's Tahrir Square.

In bold red font, the front-page headline in government-owned newspaper, Al-Ahram, read: "President ousted by revolutionary legitimacy."
"And the people's revolution was victorious," read the main banner in state-owned Al-Akhbar.


The independent Sherouk's headlines said, "The people and the army won" and "The revolution ends the rule of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood".

Al-Masry Al-Youm, another independent daily, simply declared: "Welcome back Egypt".

Its front-page depicted Tahrir Square, epicentre of the 2011 revolution, packed with thousands of people, under the headline: "Ouster of Morsi as demanded by the people".

Al-Watan, an independent paper known for its anti-Islamist bent, headlined: "Egypt is back with us again".

Wafd, the mouthpiece of the liberal party of the same name, said: "The people halted the [Brotherhood's] rule with a revolution protected by the army".

The independent daily Tahrir published a wrap-around picture special of the packed iconic square.


"It's a revolution... not a coup, Mr Obama!" Tahrir declared in English in capital letters across the top of its front page.

While US President Barack Obama has said the United States was "deeply concerned" by the military's toppling of Morsi, he has stopped short of labelling the act as a military coup.

On Tahrir's back cover were a series of photographs of words that the celebrators flashed on to the facades of massive government buildings around the square using green laser lights.

"Leave," "Down with the regime" and "Revolution", they read.

Freedom and Justice, the paper of the FJP party linked to Morsi's Brotherhood, chose to ignore the events of Tahrir and instead highlighted protests elsewhere by pro-Morsi Islamists.

"The people take to the streets in support of legitimacy," it said, while underlining a last-ditch bid by Morsi to make concessions to the opposition which ultimately failed.



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