Update, 11:20 a.m. Eastern: The interim president has dissolved the upper house of Egypt's parliament, which was led by Islamists, the Associated Press reports. The military was planning to suspend the constitution and dissolve parliament, according to reports earlier this week.
Though Morsi had been able to win the support of enough voters to get elected, he was not able to win support much of anywhere else. "In recent months, Morsi had been at odds with virtually every institution in the country, including the top Muslim and Christian clerics, the judiciary, the armed forces, the police and intelligence agencies," the Associated Press reports. When his hold on power was slipping, he had no one to turn to — and eventually nowhere. That went for outside of his country, too. Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar all congratulated Egypt on getting rid of Morsi. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said young Egyptians had brought "intellectual and moral credit to the Arab nation," The Washington Post's Liz Sly and Ruth Eglash report. There are few elected leaders in the Middle East, which might explain why those leaders were less ambivalent about the coup than President Obama, who could not call it a coup.
In meetings with Egypt's prime minister and Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi before he stepped down, Morsi repeatedly pointed out that he won the June 2012 election, the Associated Press reports. An official in the meeting said Morsi would not talk about Egypt's problems — the protests, unemployment, traffic. And el-Sissi was not impressed by Morsi's electoral mandate. "It was like, 'Either we put you in jail, or you come out and announce you are resigning,'" Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Murad Ali added. "He didn't do either because he didn't want to hand the country to the military again." Morsi's foreign policy adviser, Essam el-Haddad, told the Times, "The message will resonate throughout the Muslim world loud and clear: democracy is not for Muslims."