Judge Adly Mahmoud Mansour Appointed Egyptian President
Judge Adly Mahmoud Mansour was appointed Egypt’s transitional president today.
Al Ahram reported:
Judge Adly Mahmoud Mansour, 67, head of Egypt’s High Constitutional Court (HCC) – who is now Egypt’s transitional president after former Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi was ousted after mass protests this week – was appointed head of the HCC last July after former head Judge Maher El-Beheiry’s term had ended.
Mansour was appointed in line with a new 2011 law, which stipulated that HCC heads should be appointed from within the court system. For 20 years, the HCC head was chosen from outside the constitutional court. Mansour has served as deputy head of the HCC since 1992.
Mansour helped draft the supervision law for the presidential elections that brought Morsi to power in 2012, which included setting a legal timeframe for electoral campaigning.
Born in December 1945, Mansour graduated law school in 1967 and worked at Egypt’s State Council – which has jurisdiction over the administrative court system when the government is involved – before joining the HCC.
The Independent has more on Mansour.
Adly Mansour only took up his job as chief justice of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court on 1 June, and now finds himself Egypt’s interim President.
Born in 1945, Mansour was appointed to the court in 1992, making him one of its longest-serving judges. The Muslim Brotherhood and the court repeatedly clashed during Mohamed Morsi’s clumsy attempts to force through constitutional change, with the Islamist party seeing it as an enemy and launching sometimes violent protests against its members.