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Adli Mahmud Mansour is Egypt's news leader
Thursday July 4, 2013 7:20 PM, IANS

Adli Mehmood Adli Mahmud Mansour, the head of Egypt's supreme constitutional court (SCC), was sworn in the interim leader of the country Thursday, following the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by the military.

Born in Cairo in 1945, Mansour is married with two sons and a daughter. He received a licence to practise law from the Cairo University in 1967. He did his postgraduate studies in general law and administrative science.

He later joined the state council in 1970.

Mansour, who later served as deputy head of the constitutional court since 1992, was appointed its president in May 2013. He succeeded former SCC chief Judge Maher al-Beheiri. But he took up the post July 1.

He headed the constitutional hearings in 2012 that scrapped a "political isolation" law which had prevented members of the old regime from contesting elections, BBC reported.

It is this law that allowed Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmad Shafiq to run as a candidate in the last presidential elections.

According to Xinhua, Mansour has been a recipient of a scholarship to Paris at France's prestigious institute of higher education, Ecole Nationale de l'Administration, from 1975 to 1977. He worked as chancellor of Egypt's State Council in 1984.

The commander-in-chief of the armed forces General Abd-al-Fattah al-Sisi has shown faith in Mansour and it looks the latter's name first emerged as a possible leader of Egypt June 30.

After the armed forces suspended the constitution July 3, General Sisi announced that Mansour will take on presidential duties until fresh elections are called.

The latest political developments in Egypt are the result of days of mass rallies against Morsi and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement he comes from. Protesters accused them of pursuing an Islamist agenda and of failing to tackle the country's economic problems.

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