Mar 9, 2014
Egypt Has a New President, White House Is ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Coup
Posted on Jul 4, 2013
Adli Mansour, the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in on television Thursday as Egypt’s new president while his deposed predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, and dozens of Morsi’s top lieutenants were taken into custody.
Morsi, who was elected president only a year ago, had the difficult task of negotiating a population in open rebellion and military leaders who appeared keen to have their way. Critics, including thousands of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, accused Morsi of trying to turn Egypt into a theocracy and failing to stabilize the country’s economy. The military, which carried out a coup just hours before naming Mansour interim president, said Morsi had defied the “national consensus.”
The New York Times reports that Morsi and other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood have been detained:
President Obama said, “We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsi and suspend the Egyptian Constitution.” The United States is in a tough spot, as it could be said that Washington helped bankroll the coup, albeit indirectly, with its $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt.
Another president located much closer to Cairo had an altogether different point of view, reports the Times:
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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