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New interim president appointed by Egypt's military forces



by Joseph Earnest July 3, 2013


Newscast Media CAIRODefense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has declared Supreme Constitutional Court President Adly Mansour the interim president of Egypt, as part of a transitional road map, practically eliminating President Mohamed Morsy from office.

The declaration hopes to conclude a crippling political impasse in Egypt following vast protests against Morsy demanding early presidential elections.

In a televised speech late Wednesday, Sisi said the roadmap includes suspending the current constitution and naming the constitutional court head as interim president until a new president is elected at the polls. According to the roadmap, Mansour would be granted the power to issue constitutional declarations. A cross-party panel would be formed to propose amendments to the constitution, it stipulates.

The court would meanwhile be asked to approve a law on parliamentary elections and prepare for parliamentary polls, Sisi said.

The minister also added that a committee will handle national reconciliation and mechanisms will be put in place to ensure Egypt enjoys a free media.

Sisi pointed out that the army had taken great pains to contain political tensions and foster national reconciliation since November but its attempts had been rejected by the president.

Sisi accused Morsy of failing to meet popular demands in his Tuesday speech.

The statement urged protesters on the streets to remain peaceful, vowing that any breach of the law would be dealt with by law enforcement agencies.  

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Source: Egypt Independent






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