Egyptian authorities arrest top Islamists close to Mursi

Army soldiers take their positions in front of protesters who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, near the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo July 3, 2013. (Reuters)

The Egyptian authorities arrested on Wednesday two high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood officials close to ousted President Mohammed Mursi, security officials told AFP.

Saad al-Katatmi, chief of the Freedom and Justice Party – which is the political arm of the Brotherhood – and Rashad Bayoumi, who is deputy head of the Islamist movement were reportedly taken into custody.

Also, according to Egypt's Al-Ahram, arrest warrants have been issued for 300 members of the Muslim Brotherhood -- from which Mursi hails.

The Egyptian army chief ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi on Wednesday and announced the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court caretaker leader.

He said that the Islamist-drafted constitution will be suspended and early presidential and parliamentary elections will be held, adding that a technocrat cabinet will be appointed to run the country during a transition period, which he did not specify.

Meanwhile, at least five people were killed when opponents and supporters of Egypt's deposed president clashed after the army announced his removal.

(With AFP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40