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Posted on 07/04/2013 5:14:34 AM PDT by bert
Chief justice Adly Mansour takes oath hours after democratically elected Mohamed Morsi overthrown by military.
Top judge Mansour has been sworn in as Egypt interim president, hours after Mohamed Morsi was overthrown in a military coup following huge protests against his one-year rule.
Adly Mansour took the oath of interim president on Thursday, as his democratically elected predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, was held in an unspecified military barracks along with senior aides.
Before the constitutional court, Mansour said: "I swear by God to uphold the Republican system and respect the constitution and law... and safeguard the people and protect the nation."
"The revolutionaries of Egypt are everywhere and we salute them all, those who prove to the world that they are strong enough, the brave youth of Egypt, who were the leaders of this revolution."
Separately, Mansour was made head of the supreme constitutional court - a position he was due to take on June 30, when protests against Morsi's one year in power began in earnest.
Morsi was overthrown by the military on Wednesday. According to a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi was being held in a military facility with top aides.
"Morsi and the entire presidential team are under house arrest in the Presidential Republican Guards Club," Gehad El-Haddad, the son of a top Morsi aide, told AFP news agency on Thursday. Haddad's father, Essam El-Haddad, widely seen as Morsi's right-hand man, was among those held, he added.
Brotherhood rounded up
Less than an hour after Mansour was sworn in, Egyptian prosecutors issued arrest warrants for the Brotherhood's top leader, Mohamed Badie, and his deputy, Khairat el-Shater, judicial and army sources told Reuters news agency.
Shater was the group's first choice candidate to run in last year's presidential election. He was disqualified from the race due to past convictions. Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood officials were also reported to have been arrested, with many senior leaders being held in the Torah prison in Cairo - the same prison holding Hosni Mubarak, who was himself deposed in the 2011 revolution.
In a televised broadcast, flanked by military leaders, religious authorities and political figures, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi effectively declared the removal of Morsi.
Sisi called for presidential and parliamentary elections, a panel to review the constitution and a national reconciliation committee that would include youth movements. He said the roadmap had been agreed by a range of political groups.
Islamist supporters of Morsi who have gathered in a Cairo suburb reacted angrily to the announcement by the army.
Some broke up paving stones, forming piles of rocks. Muslim Brotherhood security guards in hard hats and holding sticks formed a cordon around the encampment, close to a mosque. Men and women wept and chanted.
Denouncing military chief Sisi, some shouted: "Sisi is void! Islam is coming! We will not leave!"
At least 14 people were killed when opponents and supporters of Morsi clashed after the army announced his removal, officials said. Eight of those died in the northern city of Marsa Matrouh, including two members of the security fources.
Three people were killed and at least 50 wounded in Alexandria, state news agency MENA reported; a woman stabbed in the stomach, and two men killed by birdshot.
Three people were also killed and 14 wounded in the southern city of Minya, including two police, MENA said.
Speaking shortly after Sisi's announcement, liberal opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said the "2011 revolution was re-launched" and that the roadmap meets the demand of the protesters.
Egypt's leading Muslim and Christian clerics also backed the army-sponsored roadmap.
Pope Tawadros, the head of the Coptic Church, said the plan offered a political vision and would ensure security for all Egyptians, about 10 percent of whom are Christian. Egypt's second largest Islamist group, the Nour party, said in a statement that it agreed to the army roadmap in order to avoid further conflict.
Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, came under huge pressure in the run-up to Sunday's anniversary of his maiden year in office, with his opponents accusing him of failing the 2011 revolution by concentrating power in Islamist hands.
The embattled 62-year-old proposed a "consensus government" as a way out of the crisis. That was not enough for the army, and Mansour, a previously little known judge, was installed as the country's interim leader.
He looks serenly judgely
So a coup here would give us President John Roberts? What good is that?
I wonder if used that word (as opposed to "democratic system") deliberately? I wonder if he knows the difference? I wonder if he will try to give Egypt a republic, as America once was?
Not necessarily. I believe the Constitution gives the line of succession should the President go away.
But by military coup, I really doubt if they’d want a lefty of any sorts (including RINO’s) in charge. Probably someone born in the US for starters, someone who loves, not hates America, and someone that respects the Constitution.
Can anyone out there guess who has the respect of honest Americans out there that might be selected interim President if a coup happened here?
I'm sure Obama would much rather have him in a full beard, headscarf and a koran...
That’s what Brney Frank would look like if he was straight.
I’d still hold-off on the vacay to Egypt. They have interesting times ahead.
isn’t there someone from Obama’s past named Mansour? Related maybe? Just a-wondering cause ya-neva-know...
wonder how he got the job?
I strongly believe a coup could never happen in the US. Why? The average American has too much to lose. Revolutions generally happen in places where the people either have nothing much to lose or very much to gain, and middle-America (which would have to participate for any chance of success) simply has too much to lose. Even with things not being as good for the average American as they could be, things are not so bad that they are willing to support such an act. Impossibility level is exceedingly high. It would be literally easier for Zambia to fund a mission to Mars.
Now to apply for our 1.8 billion refund....
Mansour said: "I swear by God to uphold the Republican system and respect the constitution and law.
God -- not Allah?
Republican -- not small R republican (ok, an interesting editorial decision by Al Jazeera - unless it was also a written statement)
the Constitution -- which one? the MB bastardization or the original one?
We do not want a refund of the aid.
It was provided to an ally that is now resurgent.
If you think the recent counter revolutionary events were not expected you are being fooled
You should keep in mind that even though the Brotherhood instituted or tried to institute a radical islamic state, it never harmed Israel or made actual threatening moves
Absolutely. Very dangerous days ahead.
Just imagine people that have been there for days already, in the heat, with little water, food or sanitation. Has all the ingredients.
Sounds like a powerful impetus driving this change of regime. Trying to think of any where else that might apply where the regime in power is thinking ahead as to how to permanently concentrate power in the hands of their party... doing things to ensure this, such as changing the electorate, for example.
Has ANYONE seen reports of the anti-0bama hatred in Egypt? I haven’t heard any mention of them even on Fox.
democratically elected with 24% of the vote...........and after Mubarak was illegally thrown out................uh, see any issues there?
He probably knows the difference
sheesh my childhood pediatrician was named Mansour, he was an escaped Christian Jordanian, great guy
Simple answer: “YOUR GUY’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH!”