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Egypt Interim President Rules Out Electoral Run
November 19, 2013

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Adly Mansour, interim President of Egypt, has no designs on making his position permanent.

Mansour, who is also head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, made the remarks in an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper. Former President Mohamed Morsi had appointed Mansour to be head of the top court, and the latter assumed both jobs when Morsi was removed by the military in July.

Mansour said that he would continue in his judicial role once a new president was elected. Under the current plan, parliamentary elections are to take place in February or March and the presidential election is to take place as early as May or June. All of this depends on the approval of a draft constitution, which an interim government-approved panel is still writing.

No candidates have yet announced their intention to run for president. One person mentioned by many observers is General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the army, who announced the change in government on July 4.

The process is strikingly similar to the one two years ago that resulted in an Islamist-majority Parliament and Morsi as president. In the current process, the Muslim Brotherhood has played no role in drafting the constitution and has, in fact, been the target of a number of security operations, resulting in thousands of arrests and several dozen mass protests.


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