Egypt’s chief justice Adly Mansour prepares to swear in as the nation’s interim president Thursday, July 4, 2013. The chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in Thursday as the nation’s interim president, taking over hours after the military ousted the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
CAIRO, EGYPT – The new transitional government of Egypt will be led by the head of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Judge Adly el-Mansour. Egyptian Army General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi chose el-Mansour to take charge after Mohamed Morsi was ousted; el-Mansour will be sworn in on July 4.
Morsi’s reign included the Islamist government blocking any interference from non-Islamists, Morsi granting himself virtually dictatorial rule, dying tourism, deeper economic woes, and a tremendous escalation in protests against the government.
When el-Sisi announced that Morsi had been ousted, he was joined by Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as the leaders of the Christian Coptic Church and Al-Azhar, representing Sunni Islam.
Many leaders of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested. Saad al-Katatni, who ran Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party, was one of them.
Former Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who lost his bid against Morsi in last year’s elections, said, “This is not a coup. Consultations will start from now for a government and reconciliation.”