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Adly Mansour Sworn In As Egypt's Interim Leader

The top judge of Egypt's Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, who was appointed by the military as the country's Interim President, has been sworn in within hours of the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Mansour, who did not take office as head of the Supreme Constitutional Court despite his appointment a few days ago, first swore in as Chief Justice, and followed it with taking oath as Interim President.

In a brief address, the 67-year-old father of three said parliamentary elections were the only way for a freer, a more democratic future for the Arab country.

A long-serving judge under former President Hosni Mubarak, Mansour vowed that he would respect the rule of law. He praised the Egyptian media, the youth, the armed forces, and the free and independent judiciary.

The swearing-in ceremony, held at the Constitutional Court on Thursday morning, was broadcast live on national television.

The interim leader is entrusted with leading the North African country towards parliamentary and presidential elections, the dates of which were not yet set.

Mansour is taking over at a challenging time of unrest, insecurity and crippling economic crisis in Egypt, which is currently divided between the Islamists under the banner of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and the more secular Opposition.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian prosecutor's office reportedly issued arrest warrants for Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and his deputy Khairat el-Shater.

Morsi is placed under house-arrest after the Army took over power late on Wednesday.

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