Adly Mansour Egypt’s Interim President, Contradicting Int’l Stances on Coup
Egypt’s Chief Judge Adly Mansour was sworn in as the country’s Interim President on Thursday, a day after the military ousted President Mohammad Mursi following a week of massive protests.
“I swear to preserve the system of the republic, and respect the constitution and law, and guard the people’s interests,” Mansour said as he took the oath of office at a ceremony in the Supreme Constitutional Court.
In parallel, the authorities in Egypt issued an arrest warrant for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Leader Mohammed Badie and his First Deputy Khairat El-Shater, AFP quoted a judicial source as saying.
“The two are wanted on charges of inciting the killing Sunday of protesters in front of the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo’s southern neighborhood of Muqattam,” AFP added.
Among the international reactions to the ouster of President Mohammad Mursi, was that of Britain, which assured that it will work with Egypt’s interim authorities despite not supporting the military intervention that toppled Mursi.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague insisted on Thursday that Britain had to be “practical” in dealing with the situation.
“We have to work with whoever is in authority in Egypt,” Hague told BBC radio, adding that “we have to do that for the safety of British nationals, we have to do that because there are so many British companies there.”
Similarly, Turkey rejected the military intervention that ousted Mursi, and indicated that did not reflect the people’s will, urging the country to “return to democracy”.
“The power change in Egypt was not a result of the will of the people. The change was not in compliance with democracy and law,” Deputy Prime Minister
Bekir Bozdag said in Ankara, which has been facing similar protests against the ruling Justice and Development party.
“In all democratic countries, elections are the only way to come to power,” he said”.
Everyone… who believes in democracy should naturally oppose the way this power change happened because a situation that cannot be accepted by democratic people has emerged in Egypt,” said Bozdag, hoping that “Egypt would return to democracy, to a structure where the will of people prevails again.”
For its part, the Syrian government hailed the ouster of Mursi, who lately decided to cut Egypt’s historic ties with Syria, considering it was a “great achievement”.
“Syria’s people, leadership and Army express their deep appreciation for the national, populist movement in Egypt which has yielded a great achievement,” Syrian state television said, citing an official source.
On another hand, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that civilian rule in Egypt “should be resumed as soon as possible”, and that the country’s future leadership should reflect the Egyptian people’s will.
“It is a volatile situation (and) it is not clear where we are heading,” Ban told journalists in Copenhagen, adding that “inclusivity” was key to any solution of the Middle Eastern country’s woes.
Egypt Army Confirms Holding Mursi
Hours after embattled Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi was ousted by the army, the powerful military institution confirmed on Thursday it was holding the Islamist leader.
“He is being held preventively for final preparations,” a senior army official told Agence France Presse, suggesting Mursi might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents.
Mursi was detained along with senior aides after issuing a defiant call for supporters to protect what he called his elected legitimacy, in a recorded speech hours after the military announced he had been ousted late Wednesday.
“We had to confront it at some point, this threatening rhetoric,” the military official said.
“He succeeded in creating enmity between Egyptians,” the official said.
A senior member of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood has earlier told AFP that Mursi and senior aides had been detained in a military facility.
“Mursi and the entire presidential team are under house arrest in the Presidential Republican Guards Club,” Gehad El-Haddad, the son of a top Mursi aide said.
Haddad’s father, Essam El-Haddad, widely seen as Mursi’s right-hand man, was among those held, he added.
Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared the ouster of Mursi in a televised address earlier on Wednesday, as he appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court caretaker leader.
Sisi, the defense minister in Mursi’s government, also announced a freezing of the constitution and early presidential elections. He said a “strong and capable” government would be formed and would have “full capacities”.
After the announcement, Mursi denounced the move as “illegal” and urged Egyptians to “peacefully resist the coup as he himself will do.”
Zionist Officials: Ousting Mursi “Worrisome”
Zionist state officials considered that ousting Mursi threatened the security and stability on the Palestinian-Egyptian borders, especially in Sinai.
They have also admitted that the growing instability in Egypt would make it harder for the Egyptians to maintain their control in Sinai. The officials said the main concern is that the vacuum there will be used to carry out attacks against the Zionist entity.
“The Zionist entity enjoyed good security cooperation with Egypt under Mursi,” one official said.
As the Egyptian army ousted President Mohammad Mursi, the Zionist officials expressed their concerns about possible attacks against the Zionist entity launched from Egypt.
An Israeli official considered that ousting Mursi cannot “vanish the extremists.”
“There might be an imminent political framework to settle the ruling system in Egypt, yet during the transitional period, we might see violent clashes,” he added.
Former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer remarked on Wednesday that what happened in Egypt would have an impact on the whole Middle East.
The Prime Minister’s bureau has ordered the cabinet not to publically tackle what happened in Egypt.