Egypt’s military takes charge with Morsi in custody; other Brotherhood leaders being sought

July 5, 2013

Egypt’s military continued cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood after swearing in the chief justice of the Constitutional Court as the country’s interim president Thursday, a day after overthrowing the North African nation’s first democratically elected leader.

“The most glorious thing about June 30 is that it brought together everyone without discrimination or division,” Chief Justice Adly Mansour said in his first remarks as interim president, praising the mass protests against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi that preceded his ouster. “I look forward to parliamentary and presidential elections held with the genuine and authentic will of the people.”

No date was set for elections.

Authorities said they were holding Mr. Morsi in an undisclosed location as they issued arrest warrants for key members of his Muslim Brotherhood, the former ruling party. At least a dozen of his senior aides and advisers are being held in what is described as house arrest.

Late Wednesday, security officials arrested Mohammed Badie, supreme leader of the Brotherhood, on charges of inciting violence in the deaths of six protesters outside the Islamist group’s Cairo headquarters. His deputy, Khairat el-Shater, also is wanted on inciting-violence charges.

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