CAIRO -- Egypt's interim president on Tuesday defended the military's ouster of his predecessor said his government's top priority was restoring security in the face of terrorism.
Adly Mansour's interview with Egyptian state television, the first since his appointment, aired on the same day that a military tribunal issued verdicts against supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and a court ordered channels sympathetic to the former regime off the air.
The wide-ranging interview appeared aimed at putting a civilian face on the military ouster of Morsi amid concerns that the country's powerful army is pulling the strings from behind the scenes. Mansour said Egypt was moving from "authoritarian rule to democratic rule" and said that the country's top priorities are sticking to a military-backed road map for transition, restoring security and improving the economy.
The interim government is charging ahead with a transition plan, appointing a committee to review the constitution passed under Morsi. A new version is to be put to a popular referendum within two months, and if passed, it would open the way for presidential and parliamentary elections.
Mansour defended reinstating emergency laws in the meantime. The state of emergency grants authorities sweeping powers to make arrests.
"Acts of terrorism and an aggressive war by extremists led us to this decision," he said.
He said, without elaborating, that there was a plan aimed at "burning Egypt." State media has frequently accused Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group and their supporters of carrying out acts of terrorism and attacking police stations, churches and government buildings.
Morsi's backers say the new leaders are relying on security forces and a corrupt system to go after the group to avoid finding a political solution or compromises to the crisis.
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