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Egyptian Military Instates Adly Mansour As Interim President, Holds Mohamed Morsi Under House Arrest
- 07/05/2013 12:30 PM EDT World
Military leaders in Egypt announced that President Mohamed Morsi was ousted on Wednesday and they are reportedly holding him under house arrest in Cairo. Morsi was the first democratically-elected leader of Egypt and served just one year before being removed from power. Additional members of his team and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi’s party, are reportedly being held as well.
Adly Mansour, previously the head of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in on Thursday to act as the country’s temporary leader. Mansour is known for drafting election guidelines that both Morsi and Hosni Mubarak disagreed with. Mubarak was overthrown during the Arab Spring in 2011 after 30 years of rule.
The 67-year-old Mansour has said he hopes to reinstate democracy and will be tasked with drafting a new constitution.
“We look forward to hold [sic] presidential and parliamentary elections based on a genuine people's will," he said.
Obama spoke carefully on the issue after events unfolded Wednesday, condemning the military takeover but stopping short of calling it a coup. If declared a coup d'etat, the American law would prevent him from providing any foreign aid to the country. Obama has already requested $1.3 billion to be sent to Egypt in 2014 for military aid alone.