Top judge Mansour sworn in as Egypt interim president

CAIRO: Egypt’s chief justice Adly Mansour was sworn in as the country’s interim president on Thursday, a day after the military ousted and detained Mohamed Morsi 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.

Officials welcomed the declaration with a warm round of applause.

The swearing-in ceremony, which was broadcast live on national television, came after the military swept aside Morsi on Wednesday, a little more than a year after the Islamist leader took office.

A senior military officer told AFP the army was now “preventively” holding Morsi.

The ousted president’s government unravelled after the army gave him a 48-hour ultimatum in the wake of massive demonstrations against him on June 30, the anniversary of his first turbulent year in power.

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