Cairo: Egypt's toppled President Mohammed Morsi was detained by authorities along with some of his key supporters hours, after his ouster by the powerful military, even as the defiant president insisted that he remains the country's legitimate leader.
    
According to two senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood, 61-year-old Morsi is being held at a military facility with top aides.
    
Earlier security forces had imposed a travel ban on Morsi and other leading figures in the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian police said it has orders to arrest 300 leaders and members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.
    
The head of Egypt's armed forces on Wednesday ousted Morsi just one year after he was elected as the country's first democratically elected president in 2012 after nearly three decades of authoritarian rule of strongman Hosni Mubarak.
    
Egyptian army commander General Abdel Fattah Sisi on state television issued a declaration suspending the Constitution and appointing the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim head of state.
    
Mansour would be sworn in on Thursday, an Egyptian online news website reported. Sisi called for presidential and parliamentary elections and a panel to review the constitution and a national reconciliation committee. He said the roadmap had been agreed by a range of political groups.
    
The move came after Islamist leader refused to quit following the end of a 48-hour deadline set by the army to resolve the political crisis that arose after millions of Egyptians demanding his resignation took to the streets.

Morsi refuses to accept new legitimacy

In spite of the military's announcement, Morsi's statement stressed that he remains the head of state and the supreme commander of the armed forces.

"There is no alternative for legitimacy, the constitution or the law," a Chinese state run news agency quoted Morsi as saying in a pre-recorded statement broadcast by a news channel.

Morsi's statement came after the military assigned the chief of the Supreme Constitutional Court to temporarily run the country until a new president is elected.

"I am ready to sit with everyone for dialogue and negotiation," Morsi said, adding that changing legitimacy every few months means "disorder".

Morsi, according to various reports, has been moved to an undisclosed location.

"I do not urge you to fight against each other. I order you not to fight together, but I do not accept a new legitimacy," he said.

The military roadmap includes suspending the current constitution and forming a commission to prepare constitutional amendments. On his Facebook page, Morsi said the military roadmap for running the country for a transitional period was "a complete military coup", and called on all people to stick to the law and the constitution.

"The army roadmap is rejected altogether by all free citizens," Morsi said, referring to himself as the supreme leader of the armed forces. "The coup will pull Egypt backward. Everyone has to bear their responsibilities before God, the people and the history," he said.

The Muslim Brotherhood termed the ouster as "betrayal". "Sad day for Egypt's democratic aspirations, a betrayal of the revolution and millions of Egyptians who believed in democracy," the group tweeted.

The group also condemned the closure of Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist-oriented TV channels and the arrest of their staff.

"The closure of TV channels is a beginning of repressive, single view era," the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party said.

(Agencies)

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