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    Egypt Embarks On Do-Over; Officials Promise Fairness

    Egypt Embarks On Do-Over, Officials Promise Fairnessi
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    July 04, 2013 10:25 PM
    Egypt has a new interim leader and a roadmap designed by the military to unite the country after the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Officials say the goal is to make good on the promises of the uprising that forced former, long-time leader Hosni Mubarak from power two years ago. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more.

    Egypt has a new interim leader and a roadmap designed by the military to unite the country after the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Officials say the goal is to make good on the promises of the uprising that forced former, long-time leader Hosni Mubarak from power two years ago.
     

    More celebrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square, those who wanted Mohamed Morsi removed from power expressing relief and gratitude.
     

    "I feel safety and peace. My country has come back to me. My country, which was kidnapped away from me, Egypt, has come back to us. Thank God," said one of Morsi's opponents.
     

    Political analyst Osama al-Ghazali says many in Egypt are ready for a fresh start.
     

    "I think after Morsi the whole Egyptian nation is now ready to rebuild its political system according to the principles which was raised by the revolution of January 2011. The Egyptians are now anxious to have a truly democratic system according to the international criteria which we all agree," said al-Ghazali.
     

    Already, Supreme Court chief justice Adly Mansour has been sworn-in as interim president. But there is still much to do. The military's roadmap calls for a review of the now-suspended constitution, fresh elections and reconciliation.
     

    With former President Mohamed Morsi detained, and key Muslim Brotherhood leaders under arrest, suspicion remains high.
     

    "They start their era by closing down five Islamic channels. Right now we do not have any means to express our opinion. Our protest is not properly covered by the media," said a pro-Morsi protester.
     

    Newly reinstated Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud is promising fairness.
     

    ''We will take measures that are nothing but legitimate and constitutional and within the right legal procedures. We will not gloat and we will not settle scores with anyone or seek revenge from anyone. We will declare the law the sovereign," said Mahmoud.
     

    As many in Egypt continue to celebrate, others are starting to come to terms with what has transpired. All the while, members of the military keep a watchful eye while promising to keep the peace.

     

    • A supporter of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi chants slogans during a rally near Cairo University after Friday prayers in Cairo, Egypt, July 5, 2013. 
    • Opponents of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi wave national flags and posters showing Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Tahrir Square, Cairo, July 5, 2013. 
    • Palestinian Hamas security guard stands near an Egyptian watch tower on the border with Egypt in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, July 5, 2013. An Egyptian official said the country's border crossing with Gaza Strip in northern Sinai has been closed indefinitely.
    • Protesters, who support former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, perform Friday prayers near Cairo University in Cairo, July 5, 2013. 
    • A supporter of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi holds up a copy of the Koran as she and others march near Cairo University after Friday prayers in Cairo, July 5, 2013. 
    • A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi cries during a protest near the University of Cairo, Giza, July 5, 2013.
    • Adly Mansour gestures at his swearing in ceremony as the nation's interim president in Cairo, July 4, 2013.
    • This image made from Egyptian State Television shows Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour, center, standing with judges during a swearing in ceremony at the constitutional court in Cairo, July 4, 2013.
    • Supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi show victory signs during a rally, in Nasser City, Cairo, July 4, 2013.
    • An Egyptian Army commander talks to citizens while securing the area near Cairo University, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters gathered to support ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, July 4, 2013.
    • Egyptians celebrate after Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour is sworn in as the nation's interim president, July 4, 2013. Arabic reads, " bye bye Morsi."
    • Egyptian military jets fly over Cairo as the head of Egypt's constitutional court Adly Mansour was sworn in as interim head of state, July 4, 2013.
    • Opponents of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi celebrate outside the presidential palace in Cairo, July 3, 2013.
    • Fireworks light the sky moments after Egypt's military chief said the president was being replaced by the chief justice of the constitutional court, Cairo, July 3, 2013.
    • Morsi supporters react after the Egyptian army's statement was read out on state TV, at the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in Cairo, July 3, 2013.


    Jeff Seldin

    Jeff works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters and is national security correspondent. You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @jseldin or on Google Plus.

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