In Egypt a new interim leader has been appointed by military decree.
The swearing-in took place in a grandiose Cairo building heavily guarded by armoured vehicles, soldiers and riot police.
Strutting around were senior army officers in heavily-adorned uniforms and looking out through oversized aviator sunglasses.
If it all seemed a bit tinpot there was nothing amateurish about the military takeover here.
It was the night of the long reach of the Egyptian military.
Ex-president Morsi and dozens of his cohorts were swiftly placed under house arrest. Pro-Morsi TV channels were shut down and their staff taken away. Roadblocks were put in place to contain pro-Morsi demonstrators.
Many of them are reeling and in a state of shock.
The military has tried to take the edge of things by promoting a celebratory mood. An airforce display team has flown over Tahrir Square in a V-for victory formation.
In London and Washington there are big reservations about what has happened.
The jackboot has kicked out a freely-elected president.
He may have been a useless leader who was taking Egypt downhill fast but he did have legitimacy.