After Military Takeover, Little-Known Judge Named Interim President Of Egypt

Source: Abigail Hauslohner, William Booth and Sharaf al-Hourani / The Washington Post

CAIRO —A virtually unknown judge was named interim president of Egypt on Thursday following the military-orchestrated ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the democratically elected Islamist leader whose year in power spawned huge protests by Egyptians opposed to the way he governed.

Judge Adly Mansour was appointed by Egypt’s top generals to form a “national unity government” and rule the nation until new elections can be held.

Mansour told reporters he would seek to include all elements of Egyptian society — including the Muslim Brotherhood, which backed Morsi — in the interim coalition. “The Brotherhood are part of the people, and they are invited to take part in building the country,” Mansour said, according to state-run media. “There will be no exclusion for anyone.”

The 67-year-old judge, who just three days ago became chairman of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, said he had been granted the title of president “by those who have the power to do so, Egypt’s great population, which is the master and the commander and the source of all authorities.”

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