NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Egyptians in New York were none too sorry Wednesday to see President Mohammed Morsi removed from office.
The armed forces ousted Morsi, the first democratically elected president in Egypt, after just a year in power Wednesday. The armed forces installed a temporary civilian government, suspended the constitution and called for new elections, CBS News reported.
The ouster followed a four-day anti-Morsi revolt, with anti-government rallies that topped those of 2011, CBS News reported.
Across Egypt, anti-Morsi protesters erupted in joy – shouting, “God is great,” and “Long live Egypt,” CBS News reported.
As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, the mood Wednesday was not on the level of the wild celebrations in February 2011, when President Hosni Mubarak was protested out of office.
But Egyptians who now call Little Egypt on Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens, home seemed just as happy that Morsi is also out.
“Mubarak is like a dictator. But he had nothing. Egypt has history – 70,000 years — and this guy does not have one second of history,” one man said.
Another man said for the next president, the economy needs to be the concern.
“More food, more jobs – of course, he didn’t do nothing for us,” he said. “That’s why (he was) removed.”
In announcing Morsi’s ouster Wednesday, Egyptian Army Chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Supreme Constitutional Court Chief Justice Adli Mansour will serve as interim president until new electiosn are held, CBS News reported.
El-Sissi said the military had to act because Morsi “did not meet the demands of the masses of the people,” CBS News reported.
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