Mohammed Morsi is no longer Egypt’s president. Army Chief, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has officially announced the ouster of Egypt’s embattled yet democratically elected leader, replacing him with the country’s chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court. Acting as Egypt’s interim president until presidential election is Adly Mansour. Here is what you need to know about Egypt’s new temporary leader.
Supreme Constitutional Court deputy chief justice Adly Mansour is president of Egypt
— Egypt Independent (@EgyIndependent) July 3, 2013
1. He Will Rule On Pending Changes to the Constituion
According to the New York Post, Mansour’s interim government will look at pending changes on the Islamist-tinged constitution and the new presidential election. According to the military’s declaration earlier today, the constitution has been suspended. According to CNN, the interim technocrat government will most likely need to rewrite the constitution.
2. He Was Appointed Chief Justice By Morsi Just a Few Days Ago
Mansour was appointed by Morsi as the Chairman of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt and has held that position since June 30. He took over Maher El Beheiry, who had been a judge on the Constitutional Court since 1991. This means that Mansour went from being deputy chief Justice, to Chief Justice to President in less than a week.
3. He is Egypt’s 6th President
Egypt’s democracy is young. The transcontinental country was under the rule of Hosni Mubarak from 1981 until the revolution that led to his downfall in 2011. Mubarak was appointed president following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. Morsi was the first democratically elected president and assumed office in 30 June 2012.
4. His Wikipedia Page Says He’s “Batman”
Very little is known about Egypt’s new leader. In fact, his Wikipedia page was launched after he was declared president. Comical updates to the page say he has “ten inch genitalia” and is Batman.
5. He is In Power Until Elections Are Held
Election are expected to be held within the next few weeks although the exact date is unknown. In today’s press conference, the Army Chief did not mention the length of the transition period or when elections will be held.