Top judge Adli Mansour has been sworn in as Egypt interim president, hours after Mohamed Morsi was overthrown in a military coup following huge protests against his one-year rule.
Mansour took the oath of interim president on Thursday, as his democratically elected predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, was held in an unspecified military barracks along with senior aides.
During his speech, army-mandated Mansour hailed the military and police in dealing with the political crisis facing the country.
Late Wednesday, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of Egypt’s army, announced that President Mohamed Morsi was no longer in office during a speech on state television.
Though the Tahrir crowd erupted into jubilant cheers following the news of Morsi’s ousting, the country remains deeply divided between Morsi’s opponents and supporters, with at least 10 people killed and over 100 injured in clashes, following the military’s announcement.
Turkey on Thursday said the military intervention that ousted Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi did not reflect the people’s will and urged the country to “return to democracy”.
“The power change in Egypt was not a result of the will of the people. The change was not in compliance with democracy and law,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in Ankara.
“In all democratic countries, elections are the only way to come to power,” he said.
According to military decree, Mansour will serve as the country’s transitional
president until a new leader is elected.