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Sunday,23 September, 2018
Issue 1299, (9 - 15 June 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Mansour retires

 Egypt’s former president is to ride into the sunset, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky

Al-Ahram Weekly

 The Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on Sunday appointed Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek to succeed the court’s current head Adli Mansour who served as Egypt’s interim president in 2013.

Abdel-Razek was appointed new SCC chief by the general assembly which has the mandate to select an alternative to Mansour who has reached the age of retirement. Mansour is set to retire on 30 June. He reached the SCC’s retirement age of 70 in December.

After being in public service for almost 50 years, Mansour led Egypt during an extremely turbulent period.

Following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Mansour was selected interim president. Sworn in on 4 July 2013, Mansour exhibited a quiet calmness as he helped steer the government and the country through an often times rocky and violent transition.

He handed over power to the current president Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi after Al-Sisi won presidential elections in June 2014.

Mansour was born in Cairo in 1945. He received a license to practice law from Cairo University in 1967 before heading to Paris for studies.

Appointed vice president of the court in 1992 by former president Hosni Mubarak, Mansour is also one of its longest serving judges. He had served as deputy head of SCC since 1992, and became head of the court in July 2013. He headed constitutional court hearings in 2012. He is also the author of several law publications.

“He gained the respect of the majority of Egyptians,” said Ahmed Al-Muslimani, who worked as an advisor to Mansour when he was president.

“Mansour served as president at a very sensitive time and was able to work with everybody to help the country to move on. He came out from the constitutional court and the presidency with his head held high,” Al-Muslimani said.

He added that he called on the government to establish a new development organisation and name it after Mansour in order to honour his service to the country.

“It is a tradition in many countries to name an organisation after a president when he leaves offices and Egypt will never forget what Mansour has done for it and its people,” Al-Muslimani said.

Mansour, who is married and has two sons and a daughter, devoted most of his interviews to urge young people to engage peacefully in the political system.

“I want the young to be engaged in political life and I acknowledge their role in fueling both the 25 January and 30 June revolutions. People should also lower the ceiling of their expectations due to limited potential and increasing problems,” Mansour said in his last televised interview with CBC TV in March 2014.

The SCC held a ceremony on Monday to honour Mansour, attended by the SCC’s current and former judges.

Mansour refused to give any media interviews after he handed over power. He also reportedly refused in January this year to be appointed in parliament by the president as speaker of the house.

“Mansour is a man that devoted himself to serve the country at a very critical time, and he was successful and popular,” said Hani Fawzi, the coordinator of the campaign ‘Egypt is better’.

Fawzi added that the government should honour Mansour’s service as interim president and head of the SCC.

According to Article 193 of the constitution, the head of the court is selected from among the three most senior aides to the court’s sitting head. The appointment must be ratified by the president.

Abdel-Razek, the first aide to Mansour, graduated from Cairo University’s Faculty of Law in 1969. He worked at the Central Auditing Agency upon his graduation until 1971, later holding several prosecutorial posts before moving to the SCC in 2001.

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