Adli Mansour 370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Adly Mansour, Egypt’s interim president who was appointed by the army following
its toppling of president Mohamed Morsi, on Monday praised former presidents who
cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mansour’s comments came during a
speech marking the 61st anniversary of the military coup of 1952, which fell on
Tuesday. The president referred to three former Egyptian presidents who came
from the armed forces – Muhammad Naguib, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar
“I salute the great men who opened the door of freedom and hope to
Egypt and all people in the region,” he said, according to Ahram
In 1952, the Free Officers Movement, which was made up of younger
officers, overthrew the monarchy of King Farouk.
Mansour also compared
the 1952 revolution to the “nationalistic youth” that carried out the June 30
protests that led to Morsi’s ouster, according to a report in The Daily News
Nasser, who led the country throughout the 1950s and 1960s,
cracked down hard on the Muslim Brotherhood, which took power following the 2011
coup that overthrew another former military man, Hosni Mubarak.
who was Mubarak’s predecessor, was assassinated by a member of Egyptian Islamic
Jihad – a Muslim Brotherhoood offshoot – in 1981. Mubarak also cracked down on
the Brotherhood in an effort to keep the movement at bay.
In an obvious
omission, Mansour did not praise Mubarak, but only the presidents before him,
despite the fact that Mubarak followed in the tradition of military leadership.