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Egypt's military leader vowed Sunday that the army will not tolerate further political violence after nationwide clashes killed hundreds, as security forces detained Muslim Brotherhood members in raids aimed at disrupting planned rallies.
Egyptian security forces deployed snipers, tear gas and bulldozers Wednesday to break up two sit-ins by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, in an assault that claimed more than 500 lives, drew swift international condemnation and led to the resignation of the vice president in the military-backed interim government.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday condemned a bloody crackdown by Egyptian security forces on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi as "deplorable" and "a serious blow to reconciliation."
More than a month after the military ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's new rulers are vexed by this question: How do you get tens of thousands of Mr. Morsi's supporters off the streets of Cairo?
Egypt's interim administration on Sunday pressed ahead with a military-backed "road map" to return the country to democratic rule, even as the top prosecutor continued his crackdown on senior figures in the Muslim Brotherhood.
The U.S. ambassador to Egypt has become a lightning rod for criticism among Egyptians who accuse her of embracing the deposed Muslim Brotherhood-led government, even as a popular uprising was building against it in the streets of Cairo.
The 2011 Arab Spring demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya mushroomed into a revolution, with thousands of people taking to the streets. In Egypt, the economy was faltering and people had long felt disenfranchised.
Egypt's interim president on Tuesday appointed a liberal economist and former finance minister as prime minister and former U.N. atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei as vice president for foreign affairs.
Egypt is what happens when a nation falls into a vacuum. When Mohammed Morsi was thrown out by the generals, chaos took over, as it often does. The violence there accelerates with unfathomable horror.
An opposition spokesman says pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been named interim prime minister.
Egypt's military ousted the country's democratically elected president Wednesday and appointed a caretaker administrator, a move denounced by the deposed leader's supporters as a coup but celebrated by millions of opponents with rallies and fireworks.
Violent protests erupted outside Egypt's capital on Saturday as activists accused police of using excessive force in two cities and running over protesters, including one who was crushed to death by an armored vehicle.
A hard-line Islamist party normally allied to Egypt's president joined the liberal opposition Wednesday in calling for a national unity government as part of a plan aimed at ending the eruption of political violence that has shaken the country and left more than 60 dead in the past week.
Violence erupted across Egypt on Friday as tens of thousands took to the streets to deliver an angry backlash against President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, demanding regime change on the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak. At least seven people were killed.
Egypt's chief prosecutor ordered an investigation Thursday into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by inciting supporters to overthrow Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
In his resignation letter, he pointed out that there were "peaceful ways to end this clash in society."
In his resignation letter to Mr. Mansour, interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei wrote that he "cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood."