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article imageEgypt: Adly Mansour sworn in as interim president replacing Morsi

By Eko Armunanto     Jul 4, 2013 in World
An Egyptian military decree says Adly Mansour will serve as Egypt’s interim leader until a new president is elected, while Mohamed Morsi is now under house arrest at an undisclosed location. A date for that vote has yet to be set.
Mansour is a judge by profession and head of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court, of which he has been a member since 1992. Born in Cairo in 1945, Mansour graduated with qualifications in law from Cairo University in 1967 and joined the state council in 1970. He rose through the ranks, being appointed deputy president of the constitutional court in 1992.
While the constitution states that the prime minister should take over the presidency in case of such a void, the army said that it had its own plans. Speaking yesterday, Al-Sisi said: "Those in the meeting have agreed on a road-map for the future that includes initial steps to achieve the building of a strong Egyptian society that is cohesive and does not exclude anyone and ends the state of tension and division."
"I swear to preserve the system of the republic, and respect the constitution and law, and guard the people's interests. The time had come to stop our industry of making tyrants and new elections were the only way for a brighter future," Adly Mansour said. The audience repeatedly applauded as Mansour praised the military as the conscience of the nation and the guarantor of its security and safety.
Protesters accused Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood of pursuing an Islamist agenda for the country and of failing to tackle Egypt's economic. Some 50 people have died since the latest unrest began on Sunday. The state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported that arrest warrants had been issued for 300 leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mohamed Morsi continues to be held at an undisclosed military facility in Cairo, as do other leading members of his Muslim Brotherhood party. Millions celebrated through the night after Morsi was ousted in scenes reminiscent of the Arab Spring uprising which brought the Islamist candidate to power only a year ago. The country now faces a continuing period of political uncertainty while US President Barack Obama has said he is deeply concerned by the latest turn of events and called for a swift return to civilian rule.
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