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Egyptian New Yorkers Keep Close Eye On Coup

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Egyptians here in New York and abroad are following news reports after Egypt's first freely elected president was ousted from power Wednesday.

The country's military chief says President Mohammed Morsi has been taken to an undisclosed location.

A top judge in the country is replacing him as the temporary head of state.

The military says Egypt's constitution is suspended and a transitional government will be appointed.

They have promised to hold an election shortly.

Millions of people in Egypt and around the world are celebrating.

In the city, people gathered in in Astoria's Little Egypt to keep track of new developments.

Many say they hope the change in leadership brings a brighter future for their family back home.

"Everything is great, great, great, great," said one person. "Thank God we have army. The best army in the world."

"It doesn't improve anything about community, about economic, nothing! Never," said a second.

"They had to give him more time than that to be able to do whatever he had to do," said a third.

"Too long. Too long, because he didn't show anything," said a fourth.

As power transitions, the Egyptian New Yorkers say they hope the next president is one who will bring positive change to the country.

Meanwhile, a U.S. official told the Associated Press that nonessential U.S. diplomats and families of all American Embassy employees are being ordered by the State Department to leave Egypt.

Also, 18 American college students from an Arabic language program are being evacuated from Egypt and taken to Morocco.

Morsi had refused to step down despite a deadline set by the military, and said in a statement that Wednesday's actions are "a full coup."

At least 39 people have died since the protests began Sunday.

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