Sunday 24 September 2017

Brotherhood vows to reinstate Morsi

A supporter of ousted president Mohammed Morsi holds a Quran while chanting slogans supporting Morsi during a rally in Cairo University (AP)
A supporter of ousted president Mohammed Morsi holds a Quran while chanting slogans supporting Morsi during a rally in Cairo University (AP)
Protesters react after Egyptian security forces open fire on supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi (AP)
Protesters carry the body of a man shot by Egyptian troops in Cairo (AP)
Egyptian army soldiers are seen near the University of Cairo, in Giza (AP)
An anit-Morsi protester holds a poster of Lt Gen Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egyptian Army Commander in Chief, during a rally in Tahrir Square (AP)
Fireworks light up the sky moments after Egypt's military chief said the president had been replaced (AP)
Military special forces stand guard in Cairo (AP)
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi celebrate outside the presidential palace in Cairo (AP)
Egyptian protesters celebrate the end of Mohammed Morsi's presidency in Tahrir Square, Cairo (AP)
Opponents of Mohammed Morsi celebrate by the light of flares as they wave national flags in Tahrir Square (AP)
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been ousted, the country's military has announced (AP)

The top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to reinstate Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

General Guide Mohammed Badie's speech came after troops fired on a pro-Morsi rally and one protester was killed. The appearance by Mr Badie on stage before tens of thousands of supporters in Cairo was his first in public since the president was ousted.

Mr Morsi "is my president and your president and the president of all Egyptians," Mr Badie said. "God make Morsi victorious and bring him back to the palace. We are his soldiers - we defend him with our lives."

Mr Badie, a figure revered among the Brotherhood's followers, addressed the military, demanding they abide by their pledge of loyalty to the president, calling it a matter of the military's honour. "Your leader is Morsi... Return to the people of Egypt," he said. "Your bullets are not to be fired on your sons and your own people, you are dearer than that."

Security officials had reported that Mr Badie was taken into custody soon after the military removed Mr Morsi on Wednesday night. Just before Mr Badie's appearance, the Brotherhood's political party said on its webpage that he had "been released". But on stage, Mr Badie denied he was ever arrested. There was no immediate explanation by security officials.

Brotherhood backers streamed across a bridge over the Nile towards the state TV building and Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands celebrating Mr Morsi's fall were massed. Stones were thrown between the two sides.

A Health Ministry official later said six people have been killed in clashes around the country involving opponents and backers of Mr Morsi, as well as security forces. Khaled el-Khatib said four people have been killed in Cairo and two elsewhere, with 180 wounded.

Meanwhile, the BBC's Middle East editor was shot while covering the military coup in Egypt. Jeremy Bowen was shown having his head bandaged in a photograph posted on Twitter - but reassured followers that he was not seriously injured.

In a message on the site, the veteran reporter said: "Thanks for the messages. I've been hit by a couple of shotgun pellets. Am fine and heading out."

Bowen later admitted: "Could have been a lot worse."

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