So, Egypt Has A New Leader. Who Is He, Again?
Earlier today, Mr. Adli Mansour became Egypt's interim president. But who is he, exactly? Should you have heard his name before? Actually, probably not—very little is known about the guy, in fact, he's been described by several news sources as a "mystery". Nonetheless, here are a few key facts about Egypt's new leader:
1. Before he became president today, he'd been a judge for more than 20 years.
He was appointed deputy head of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court in 1992 by ex-President Husni Mubarak, and then over a month ago he was made Chief Justice by Morsi himself. So he's dealt with both ousted leaders. Awkward.
2. He helped draft one of the laws that brought Morsi to power to begin with.
Mansour was actually part of the team that drafted supervision laws for the 2012 elections that brought Morsi to power. The laws included setting a legal time frame for campaigning.
4. One of his main jobs as interim president will be to help draft a new constitution.
But clearly, as the head of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court, that isn't going to be a big deal.
3. Not much is known about his political affiliations. Or anything else of his, for that matter.
But that's probably why the military picked him in the first place.
According to David Hartwell, a Middle East analyst at Jane's Islamic Affairs, Mansour "represents what the military needs, a fairly low-profile but respected technorat."
4. He's a pretty inclusive kinda guy. Even towards the Muslim Brotherhood.
In his first interview earlier today, he said that Egypt was to be "one body", adding that they'd "had enough of division."
"The Muslim Brotherhood is part of the fabric of Egyptian society. They are just one of its parties," Mansour said. "They are invited to integrate into this nation and be a part of it and they should not exclude anybody. If they answer the call they will be welcomed."
5. He's pretty clear on what he's there to do.
"I'm not a president for a presidential term. I am a president to perform a specific task," Mansour said, in the same interview. "I am president until we have parliamentary and presidential elections and the issue of the constitution is resolved."
6. He may or may not be Batman and/or Ironman.
According to this Wikipedia page.
Which is good, because some people think he may not be up to the task.