It seemed clear the clock was ticking on Mohammed Morsi's tenure in Egypt, and this afternoon, his time ran out.
The Egyptian military said Wednesday that it had ousted President Mohammed Morsi and suspended the country's constitution. Armored cars, tanks and troops deployed in the capital in what advisers to the president described as a coup.In a scene reminiscent of the earliest days of the Arab Spring, tens of thousands of Egyptians who had demanded the president's ouster staged a jubilant celebration in Tahrir Square -- dancing, cheering and setting off fireworks.
You can watch the live feed of the celebration in Cairo here, and I'd also recommend watching this web-only feature from NBC's Richard Engel, who helps put the events in the context of the post-Mubarak era.
As for whether this constitutes a military coup of a democratically elected leader, I suppose there will be a fair amount of debate on this point, though it's worth noting that much of the country urged the military to intervene and chose not to participate in the election that elevated Morsi.
Update: For its part, the Obama White House will not denounce the military ousting Morsi.