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Egypt's new leaders

The shape of Egypt's new leadership is emerging. Here is a look at the top three figures.

The shape of Egypt's new leadership is emerging. Here is a look at the top three figures.

 

Interim president Adly Al Mansour, 67, emerged from near-obscurity when he became head of the Supreme Constitutional Court two days before Egypt's military chief announced Mr Morsi had been deposed.

His career in the judiciary took a prominent turn in 1984, when he became a judge on the state council and then its vice president.

In 1992, he was appointed vice president to the Supreme Constitutional Court. He became chief justice following his predecessor's retirement on June 30. He was sworn in as Egypt's president on July 4.

 

Army chief Gen Abdel Fattah El Sisi, 58, is also the defence minister. He stepped on to the centre stage of Egyptian politics on July 1 when the military gave Mr Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum to resolve his differences with the opposition, a day after millions took to the streets to demand he step down. Gen El Sisi announced Morsi's removal from power on July 3.

A graduate of the Egyptian military academy and the US Army War College, Gen El Sisi was appointed commander in chief of the Egyptian armed forces in August 2012, replacing Field Marshall Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, who was ordered into retirement by Mr Morsi.

 

Proposed interim prime minister Mohamed ElBaradei After an announcement that Mohamed ElBaradei, 71, a former director of the UN nuclear watchdog agency and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, had been appointed interim prime minister, a spokesman for the interim president said the position was still being discussed.

The reversal came after the ultraconservative Salafi Al Nour party objected to Mr ElBaradei's appointment, a senior official said.

In a long international career, Mr ElBaradei served as an Egyptian diplomat to the United Nations and later as an aide to the foreign minister. He was the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency for nearly 12 years and shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the agency in 2005.

After the fall of Mubarak in 2011, Mr ElBaradei emerged as a prominent democracy advocate and later as an opposition leader in the National Salvation Front.