Egypt coup: winners and losers

Who stands to gain after a military coup removing Mohamed Morsi from power?


Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi

Defence minister and commander of the armed forces. Appointed by Morsi last August. Religious and conservative but a military man through and through. Now 58, he was the youngest member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that ran Egypt after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow. In February 2011 served as head of military intelligence and as military attache in Saudi Arabia. Studied in military academies in the UK and US.

Adly Mansour

Interim president since 1 July. Lawyer, aged 68. Obscure chief justice of supreme constitutional court. Helped draft election laws that brought Mohamed Morsi to power. Little is known about his political sympathies. His brief is limited to rewriting electoral laws and he is likely to fade once a transition period is over.

Mohamed ElBaradei

Lawyer, diplomat, Nobel peace prize laureate and former head of the UN nuclear watchdog. Opposition leader who lacks a power base but heads the Constitution party and the National Salvation Front. Joined Sisi for announcement that Morsi had been deposed, and is expected to play a leading role, perhaps as prime minister, in a new army-backed civilian government.

Ahmed Shafiq

Mubarak’s last PM and former air force commander, seen as an old regime candidate who was narrowly beaten by Morsi in a 2012 runoff. Living in exile in the United Arab Emirates. Accused by the Muslim Brotherhood of plotting with Egypt’s “deep state” to overthrow Morsi. Intense speculation over whether or not he will return. Facing corruption charges which he has dismissed as political.


Mohamed Morsi

Egypt’s president from June 2012 to 1 July this year, now under house arrest. Derided by opponents as uncharismatic and a “spare tyre” when he ran for office. Unveiled “renaissance project” but was accused of failing to rule as promised “for all Egyptians”, instead furthering the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). Alienated wide sections of Egyptian society, but is still seen by supporters as the country’s legitimate and democratically elected president. Has called for peaceful protests.

Mohamed Badie

The MB’s “Murshid” or supreme guide. Initially reported to have been arrested, apparently attempting to flee to Libya, while trying to avoid a wave of detentions reminiscent of the bad old days under Mubarak. But the MB has denied reports that he is in detention in Cairo.

Khairat al-Shater

Badie’s deputy and the MB chief strategist and financier, often imprisoned before the 2011 revolution. Disqualified as candidate for presidency last year. Described by opposition as shadowy presence who made decisions that were implemented by Morsi. Wealthy and charismatic businessman. The MB has denied reports he is also under arrest in Cairo.

Anne Patterson

US ambassador to Egypt. Experienced diplomat but vilified by anti-Morsi opposition for being too close to the MB. Specifically attacked for her links and a recent “secret meeting” with Khairat al-Shater. Defended by state department in Washington for implementing Obama administration policy towards Egypt. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds