Morsi detained in military facility, Muslim Brotherhood member says

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Mohamed Morsi has been detained in a military facility along with a number of top aides, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood says.

“Morsi and the entire presidential team are under house arrest in the Presidential Republican Guards Club,” Gehad El-Haddad, the son of a top Morsi aide, told AFP on Thursday.

Essam El-Haddad, Gehad’s father, who is considered as Morsi’s right-hand man, was also among those held in the military facility.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian army troops have been deployed throughout the country to deal with clashes between Morsi’s supporters and opponents.

Earlier, Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted President Morsi and suspended the country’s constitution in a move aimed at resolving the country’s debilitating political crisis.

Sisi also said that new parliamentary elections will be held, and declared head of Supreme Constitutional Court Adli Mansour as the caretaker leader.

Morsi denounced the army’s move as a “military coup,” on his Facebook page, asking the Egyptians to “abide by the constitution and the law and not to respond to this coup.”

Egyptian security forces detained two senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood close to Morsi. Rashad Bayoumi, the group’s deputy leader and Saad al-Katatni, who heads the Brotherhood’s political arm, were arrested just hours after Morsi’s ouster.

The state media also reported that arrest warrants were issued for a total of 300 Brotherhood officials.

 

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