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July 4th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

New direction for Egypt after military coup

Just as Americans celebrate July 4th here in the states, someday, Egyptians might celebrate July 3rd, that is, if this new revolution takes hold this time around, and it all works out for the best.

A little more than 24 hours after Egypt's military removed President Mohamed Morsy from power, Tahrir Square was still filled with a mostly cheering crowd.

Morsy is reportedly under arrest. And he's still refusing to step down voluntarily - not that he ever had a choice.

He's also rejecting an offer from the military to leave Egypt for Qatar, Turkey, or Yemen, according to Egypt's state-run newspaper.

Members from Morsy's deposed group, the Muslim Brotherhood, are being rounded up and arrested - including the group's supreme leader.

The head of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, has been installed as the country's interim president. Egypt's constitution is suspended until a new one can be written.

On the short list to eventually take over permanently is Mohamed ElBaradei, opposition leader, and former head of the United Nation's nuclear agency.

ElBaradei spoke with CNN's Becky Anderson, and while he wouldn't call it a coup, he said that Egypt had reached a tipping point.

"It was a very painful decision to make. Either to continue and risk a civil war situation, or take some exceptional measures to make correction of the uprising of 2011," said ElBaradei Thursday.

Morsy's presidency was a result of Egypt's first stab at democracy. And we all saw how that turned out.

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