World Bulletin / News Desk
Elected Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi had been "surprised" by his ouster by the military in early July, a former presidential aide told Anadolu Agency.
"I was sitting with a number of advisers and the chief-of-staff when the coup announcement was read out on national television," former Morsi media adviser Ahmed Abdel-Aziz told AA. "Neither the president nor his advisers expected such a move."
Egypt's military establishment deposed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected leader, on July 3 following massive and well-coordinated protests against his presidency.
Flanked by various political representatives, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi also suspended the constitution and installed the head of Egypt's constitutional court as interim president.
Immediately after the televised announcement, said Abdel-Aziz, Morsi's advisers rushed into his office to see his reaction.
"We prayed together and then he asked some of us to remain and others to leave," the former adviser recalled.
Then Morsi recorded his final statement on a cellular phone, in which he insisted that he still represented Egypt's legitimate president and rejected the army's putsch against him as "unacceptable."