Reader Comments

The military moved to oust Morsi after millions of Egyptians took to the streets this week to demand his resignation

by Gus Mcnulty (2019-08-08)

Updated 6:30 p.m. ET

CAIRO The supreme justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has been sworn in as the nation's interim president, replacing the Islamist Mohammed Morsi who was ousted by the military.

Adly Mansour was sworn in Thursday at the Constitutional Court in a ceremony broadcast live on state television.

According to military decree, Mansour will serve as Egypt's interim leader until a new president is elected. A date for 온라인 황금성 that vote has yet to be set.

Manosur's assumption of office comes a day after the military deposed Morsi, who took office a year ago as Egypt's first democratically elected president.

The military moved to oust Morsi after millions of Egyptians took to the streets this week to demand his resignation. On Thursday, as Mansour was sworn in, CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward reported that people had again gathered in Tahrir Square to celebrate what they view as the triumph of the will of the people. They were fed up with President Morsi, accusing him of destroying the country's economy and stacking its government with his Islamist colleagues from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Upon being sworn in, Mansour told the nation on live television that he considered it an honor "to receive order to be interim president of government and it was given to me by the one who has the order -- the Egyptian people, source of all powers following 30th of June revolution," which the anti-Morsi forces have dubbed the Islamist president's ouster.

Mansour claimed the new "revolution" had "corrected" the one born of the Arab Spring just two years earlier -- the one which led to the nation's first democratic elections in decades and which brought Morsi to power.

Morsi was under house arrest Thursday at an undisclosed location, and officials said the Muslim Brotherhood's leader, Mohammed Badie, had also been taken into custody.

"I don't think anyone here wants the army to come back and govern the country," a man on a street told CBS News on Wednesday. "So I think all the cheering and all the excitement is because it's seem like the army is saying to the people "we're with you, we're protecting you and we realize how serious this is."

Reporting from Cairo, Ward said the people on the streets didn't have one leader in mind who should take over, suggesting that was a problem for another day.

Fearing a violent reaction by Morsi's Islamist supporters, troops and armored vehicles deployed in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere, surrounding Islamist rallies. Clashes erupted in several provincial cities when Islamists opened fire on police, with at least nine people killed, security officials said. Some reports put the number as high as 32.

A tweet from the account of Gehad el-Haddad, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood party, said Morsi was under house arrest at a Presidential Guard facility where he had been residing, and 12 presidential aides also were under house arrest.

The army took control of state media and blacked out TV stations operated by the Muslim Brotherhood. The head of the Brotherhood's political wing was arrested.

"Of course we're under attack," Haddad told Ward. "They're trying to dismantle the Brotherhood machine and the Brotherhood organization and apparently for fear that if they hold another election, we might show up for it and we might win it again."