CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has a new interim president -- even as the country's military carries out a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that includes ousted president Mohammed Morsi.
Prosecutors today ordered the arrest of the Brotherhood's leader and his powerful deputy. They're charged in the killing of eight protesters in clashes outside the group's headquarters in Cairo this week. That word comes from the country's official news agency.
Morsi himself has been under house arrest at an undisclosed location since the generals pushed him out yesterday. Morsi's supporters have denounced it as a military coup. At least a dozen of Morsi's advisers and aides are also under house arrest.
Meanwhile, the chief justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in today as the interim president. Judge Adly Mansour took the oath of office at the Constitutional Court in a ceremony broadcast live on state TV.
According to a military decree, Mansour will serve as interim leader until a new president is elected. No date has been set.
Mansour used his first remarks as interim leader to praise the massive street demonstrations that led to the ouster of Morsi.
137-v-33-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Egypt has a new president -- sworn in by the military. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (4 Jul 2013)
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125-r-21-(Sound of Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour, at swearing in ceremony)--Sound of Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour promising to uphold the republican system, respect the constitution and law, safeguard the interests of the people, and protect the nation's independence. (4 Jul 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Mohammed Morsi headshot, as President of Egypt, Cairo, Egypt, graphic element on gray (4 Jul 2013)
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APPHOTO MB103: Egyptian soldiers deploy near Cairo University, where of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have gathered to support ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Thursday, July 4, 2013. The chief justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in Thursday as the nation's interim president, taking over hours after the military ousted the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Adly Mansour took the oath of office at the Nile-side Constitutional Court in a ceremony broadcast live on state television. According to military decree, Mansour will serve as Egypt's interim leader until a new president is elected. A date for that vote has yet to be set.(AP Photo/ Manu Brabo) (4 Jul 2013)
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APPHOTO AMR111: Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour, center, is applauded at his swearing in ceremony as the nation's interim president Thursday, July 4, 2013. The chief justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in Thursday as the nation's interim president, taking over hours after the military ousted the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil) (4 Jul 2013)
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