Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 5th 2013 Contents CAIRO---A senior judge was sworn
in as Egypt s interim president yes-
terday to replace ousted President
Mohammed Morsi as the military
launched a major crackdown
against the Muslim Brotherhood.
The sweep against the Brotherhood
leadership included the group s top
leader, a figure venerated among its
followers, General Guide Mohammed
Badie. He was arrested late Wednes-
day from a villa where he had been
staying at a Mediterranean coastal
city and flown by helicopter to Cairo,
security officials said.
The military is installing a new
civilian leadership to pave the way
to new elections, saying it will stay
out of politics.
The army says it did so in the
name of millions of Egyptians who
had taken to streets demanding he
The top opposition political group-
ing, the National Salvation Front,
issued a statement yesterday saying,
"We totally reject excluding any party,
particularly political Islamic groups."
The Brotherhood announced it
wanted nothing to do with the new
"We declare our complete rejection
of the military coup staged against
the elected president and the will of
the nation," the Brotherhood said in
a statement that the group s senior
cleric Abdel-Rahman el-Barr read
to Morsi s supporters staging a days-
long sit-in in Cairo.
"We refuse to participate in any
activities with the usurping author-
ities," it said.
Clashes between Islamists and
police erupted in multiple places after
the army s announcement of Morsi s
removal Wednesday night, leaving
at least nine dead.
Morsi has been detained in an
unknown location. At least a dozen
of his senior aides and advisers are
being held in what is described as
According to security officials,
also arrested are Badie s predecessor
as general guide, Mehdi Akef; the
head of the Brotherhood s political
party, Saad Katatni; one of Badie s
deputies Rashad Bayoumi; and
ultraconservative Salafi figure
Hazem Abu Ismail.
Authorities have also issued a
wanted list for more than 200 Broth-
erhood members and leaders of
other Islamist groups.
The Brotherhood s television sta-
tion, Misr 25, has been taken off the
air along with several TV networks
run by Islamists.
The chief judge of the Supreme
Constitutional Court Adly Mansour
took the oath as interim president
before his fellow judges at the court.
After the ceremony aired live on
state TV, Mansour delivered an
address praising the massive street
demonstrations that led to Morsi s
ouster. He hailed the youth behind
the protests that began on June 30
and brought out millions around the
June 30 "corrected the path of
the glorious revolution that took
place on January 25," he said, refer-
ring to the revolt against Hosni
Mubarak that began January 25, 2011,
and led to his ouster 18 days later.
Mansour said the rallies "brought
together everyone without discrim-
ination or division" and were an
"expression of the nation s con-
science and an embodiment of its
hopes and ambitions."
But there was no sign of outreach
to the Brotherhood in his address.
He suggested Morsi s election had
been tainted, saying, "I look forward
to parliamentary and presidential
elections held with the genuine and
authentic will of the people."
The revolution, he said, must con-
tinue, so "we stop producing
Pushing aside Morsi, army chief
Gen Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi
announced Wednesday in a televised
speech that the military had sus-
pended the Islamist-drafted con-
stitution, and that a civilian Cabinet
of technocrats would run the country
until new presidential elections are
held. No date has been given. (AP)
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ADDIS ABABA---The African Union
says the removal of Egypt's president
was in violation of the country's
constitution. The continental body said
late yesterday that the removal of
president Mohammed Morsi on
Wednesday falls under the AU doctrine
on unconstitutional changes of
government. The AU usually suspends
the membership of countries where the
military ousts an elected government.
Hinting that such a move could be
coming, the head of the AU Commission
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on
Wednesday said the body has "a
principled position on unconstitutional
changes of government." Dlamini-Zuma
had urged Egyptians to hold dialogue to
end the crisis within the framework of
Egyptian law. AU commissioner
Lamamra Ramtanesaid yesterday that
the AU's peace and security council will
meet today to deliberate on Egypt's
political crisis. (AP)
Egypt army arrests key figures
Egyptian soldiers secure the area around Nasser City, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters have
gathered to support ousted president Mohammed Morsi, in Cairo, Egypt, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour
is sworn in as the nation's interim
Egyptian army soldiers stand alert in front of the constitutional court where Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour
was sworn in as the nation's interim president yesterday.
African Union to meet on Egypt political crisis
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