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Egypt's interim president issues timetable for elections

Egypt's interim president, Adli Mansour, has issued a swift plan of the process of changing the constitution and setting parliamentary and presidential elections for early 2014.

Under the constitutional declaration drafted late last night, the following timetable was set out:

  • Two new committees will be appointed to work out amendments to the Islamist-drafted constitution controversially passed by ousted president Morsi
  • A referendum on the new document will be held within four months
  • Elections for a new parliament will be held two months after that - around mid February.
  • Once the new parliament convenes it will have a week to set up new presidential elections

Mansour: 'I am president until elections'

Egypt's interim president, Adli Mansour, during his swearing in ceremony earlier today. Credit: Reuters

Egypt's new interim president Adli Mansour has said he is not president for a "fixed term", but only until parliamentary elections and the new constitution has been completed.

He told Channel 4 News' Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman:

"I am not president for a certain term...but until we conduct parliamentary elections. And presidential elections. And we finish drafting the constitution."


Egypt's president: Muslim Brotherhood 'part of nation'

Egypt's new head of state said the Muslim Brotherhood were welcome to "build the nation" a day after the military overthrew president Morsi, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reports.

Adli Mansour made the comments to journalists after being sworn in, according to the paper. The reported comments come as Egypt's top prosecutor ordered the arrest of two of the group's top leaders.

Prosecutors are in the process of issuing arrest warrants for Muslim Brotherhood senior strategist Mohamed Badie and his deputy Khairat el-Shater, military sources told Reuters.


Profile: Egypt's interim president Adli Mansour

A judge in Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, has been named interim president, and will reportedly be sworn in on Thursday.

Adli Mansour Credit: Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt

Mr Mansour was born in 1945 and trained as a lawyer.

He served for many years in Egypt's State Council, which provides legal advice to the government. He is also believed to have spent three years in Saudi Arabia with the Egyptian ministry of commerce.

In 1992, he was appointed to the Supreme Constitutional Court - a body that has remained largely unreformed since President Morsi was elected and clashed with him many times.

He was appointed chief justice of that court on 1 July, just days days before being named interim leader.