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Mansour Sworn In as Interim President

July 4th 2013

Chief Justice + President Mansour

Adly Mansour, tapped by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to hold executive authority in Egypt until the "national reconciliation plan" for a new government is implemented, was sworn in this morning as Egypt's President. Mansour is a relative unknown upon the world political stage, but has a reputation for effective administration and fairness. He became Chief Justice of Egypt's High Constitutional Court a mere two days before being announced as interim President, after spending 21 years as a Justice in that court.

The 67-year-old Mansour was appointed to the court in 1992, and will exercise executive authority as transitional President until new Presidential Elections are held, General Abdel-Fattah Al- Sisi announced in a televised speech to the nation last night. It is as yet unknown exactly how much authority Mansour--a highly regarded jurist--will actually be invested with.  

Born in 1945, Mansour earned his license to practice law at Cairo University in 1967, joined the state council in 1970, and rose through the ranks--until named deputy president of the HCC in 1992. He was named its president in May 2013, and took up his post as Chief Justice on July 1, upon the retirement of previous Chief Justice Maher El-Beheiry.

Mansour's appointment was in accordance with a new 2011 law that required that HCC heads be appointed from judges within the court system. For 20 years, the HCC head was chosen from outside the constitutional court, according to Al Ahram online. The Cairo native Mansour previously held responsibility for helping to draft the supervision law for the presidential elections that brought Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to power in June 2012. That law included the framework setting a legal timeframe for electoral campaigning.

Russell Grayson is a former attorney and faculty member at Rutgers University Graduate School of Management, and serves as a correspondent and editor with The Cutting Edge.

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