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Interim president sworn in amid crackdown

Thursday - 7/4/2013, 10:40am  ET

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt has a new interim president -- even as the country's military carries out a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that includes ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

Prosecutors today ordered the arrest of the Brotherhood's leader and his powerful deputy. They're charged in the killing of eight protesters in clashes outside the group's headquarters in Cairo this week. That word comes from the country's official news agency.

Morsi himself has been under house arrest at an undisclosed location since the generals pushed him out yesterday. Morsi's supporters have denounced it as a military coup. At least a dozen of Morsi's advisers and aides are also under house arrest.

Meanwhile, the chief justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in today as the interim president. Judge Adly Mansour took the oath of office at the Constitutional Court in a ceremony broadcast live on state TV.

According to a military decree, Mansour will serve as interim leader until a new president is elected. No date has been set.

Mansour used his first remarks as interim leader to praise the massive street demonstrations that led to the ouster of Morsi.

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137-v-33-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Egypt has a new president -- sworn in by the military. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (4 Jul 2013)

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