Military Coup in Egypt: Morsi Overthrown, Replaced With Adli Mansour

Obama’s pal is out.

From Sky News.

The head of the constitutional court has been sworn in as Egypt’s interim president, a day after the overthrow of the country’s first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Morsi.

Adli Mansour took his oath of office under an army transition plan in a ceremony that was broadcast live on state television.

As the ceremony got underway, the skies above Cairo filled with military jets in a series of fly-pasts.

Above Tahrir Square, for days the centre of anti-government protests, Air Force planes painted the sky in the colours of the national flag.

“I swear to preserve the system of the republic, and respect the constitution and law, and guard the people’s interests,” Mr Mansour said.

He praised the mass protests demanding the ouster of Mr Morsi, saying they united Egyptians, but also invited the deposed president’s Muslim Brotherhood “to take part in the political life”.

The ceremony came after the army removed Mr Morsi, replacing him with Mr Mansour, suspended the Islamist-drafted constitution, and called for new elections.

Mr Morsi, who was elected a year ago, and his Brotherhood allies have blasted the army’s intervention as a “full coup” by the generals.

……Mr Morsi’s removal prompted clashes across Egypt that left at least 14 people dead and hundreds wounded.

Fearing a violent reaction by Mr Morsi’s Islamist supporters, troops and armoured vehicles deployed in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere, surrounding rallies.

Little is known about Adli Mansour, except that he’s a judge and career official who served under the Mubarak and Morsi regimes.  His political sympathies are not clear, but we’ll see as time goes on.
The chaos and violence has also produced widespread sexual assaults against women. He needs to crack down against that particular brand of Islamic behavior.


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