Egypt's Mystery Man: Who is Adli Mansour?

Monday, July 08, 2013

Egypt's constitutional court refused to rule on the new constitution citing "the threat of harm" from protestors. December 2012. (Getty)

Thanks to a popular uprising and a military coup in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and former President Mohamed Morsi are out, and an interim government is in.

The man tasked with bringing a semblance of stability to an unstable situation is the nation's Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour.

But he’s being called a mystery man and an unknown quantity.

He's tasked with guiding Egypt through a constitutional redraft and new elections. But Adli's only been called a figurehead—and some call him a puppet.

But a puppet of whom?

The shreds of a coalition between the clashing sides in Egypt appears to be gone. The conservative Islamist party Al Nour originally supported the coup against the Muslim Brotherhood. But now after the weekend's violence, Al Nour is backing away.

Can any one person help unite a decidedly fractured Egypt in the short term? Is that person Adli Monsour?

Mona El-Naggar is a documentary filmmaker and journalist and former reporter for our partner The York Times in Cairo. She recently helped profile Mansour for the Times and fills us in on who Mansour is and what he might be able to do. 

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Guests:

Mona El-Naggar

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

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