12 Jul 2013 11:19

CAIRO, July 4 (Bernama) -- Adly Mansour, head of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC), will serve as caretaker president of the country after the fall of Islamist-oriented President Mohamed Morsi, Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday. Mansour, who was appointed by Morsi as head of the SCC only two days ago, will take oath before the court Thursday both as its new chief and the country's caretaker president, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Mansour, 67, succeeded former SCC chief, Judge Maher al-Beheiri, after the latter's term expired at the end of June.

Mansour was appointed in accordance with a new law, which stipulates that SCC chiefs should be designated from the court system. The law, drafted in 2011, empowers the court's independence and decreases the power of the president, who was entitled to choose the SCC chairman either from inside or outside the court.

Mansour served as deputy head of the SCC since 1992 and was on a panel tasked with drafting the supervision law for presidential elections, which included setting a legal timetable for electoral campaigning, bringing Morsi to power in June 2012.

Born in Cairo, Mansour graduated from the faculty of law of Cairo University in 1967. He finished his postgraduate studies in general law and administrative science in 1969 and 1970 respectively.

He won a scholarship to Paris at France's most prestigious institute of higher education, Ecole Nationale de l'Administration, from 1975 to 1977.

Mansour worked as chancellor of Egypt's State Council in 1984 and became president of the same institution in 1992.