Press Trust of India
Cairo, 4 July
Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Mursi was put under detention today by the army, which launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood movement, arresting its senior leaders, even as a top jurist took over as the interim head of state.
The military rounded up the top leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, arresting its supreme leader Mohammed Badie in a resort village in Marsa Matrouh, a day after the army deposed the Arab nation’s first democratically elected President. He was flown to Cairo on a military helicopter, media reports said quoting officials. Mr Badie, and his powerful deputy, Khairat el-Shater, are wanted for questioning on their role in the killing of eight protesters this week in clashes outside the Brotherhood’s headquarters here.
Mr Badie is on a wanted list of more than 200 Brotherhood officials and leaders of other Islamist groups.
As an uncertain new political order began to take shape in Egypt following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mursi, Justice Adly Mahmoud Mansour ~ head of High Constitutional Court ~ took the presidential oath of office.
Sixty-seven-year-old Mr Mansour saluted the army, the judiciary and the police in a brief acceptance speech to rapturous applause.
He praised the protesters whose mass demonstrations spurred the military action, calling them a unifying force. In his remarks, Mr Justice Mansour also paid tribute to the youth of the revolution and all revolutionary forces for taking part in the “glorious day of 30 June”.
“I swear by Almighty God that I will uphold the republican system, respect the constitution and the law, look after the interests of the people, protect the independence of the nation and the safety of its land,” Mr Justice Mansour said while taking oath telecast live on state TV. Mr Mansour’s appointment came after the military last night removed Mr Mursi from power, a little more than a year after the 61-year-old Islamist leader assumed office, following massive protests against his style of functioning.
In the run-up to the showdown, the powerful army generals and Mr Mursi both pledged to sacrifice their lives to defend the country.