CAIRO: In a few days interim President Adly Mansour will leave the presidential palace to his residence after a one-year tenure, to be Egypt’s first president to leave office not through assassination, ousting or imprisonment.
Mansour, a Menoufia native, is the head of the High Constitutional Court, and sources close to him told Youm7 Mansour plans to avoid political life at the end of his term.
Mansour succeeded Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted after one year in office following the June 30 protests. He is now standing trial for a number of charges, including killing protestors, inciting violence, as well as escaping from the Wadi Natroun prison in 2011.
Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011, 30 years after he took power, in the January 25 Revolution. Mubarak survived a 1994 assassination attempt in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Last week he received a three-year imprisonment sentence in a charge of wasting public money in presidential palaces.
Mubarak’s precedent, Anwar Sadat, was assassinated in a military parade celebrating the October 6 Victory in 1981, ten years after he started his first term.
Gamal Abdel Nasser ruled Egypt from 1952 after a military coup until 1970. He is credited with nationalizing Suez Canal in 1956 and building the High Dam. Although the official cause of death was listed as a heart attack, many Egyptians speculate foul play; there are theories he was poisoned either by tainted apples from a Lebanese delegation, or orange juice from his son-in-law.
Mohamed Naguib, Egypt’s first president, was ousted by Nasser and placed under house arrest.