As Mansour leaves office, poll shows most Egyptians happy with his presidency
Former President Adly Mansour
 

Former President Adly Mansour served Egypt well during his year-long tenure as head of the interim government, said 67 percent of participants in a recent opinion poll.

Conducted by the Egyptian Center on Public Opinion Research (Baseera) in the last days of Mansour’s administration, the poll reported that 6 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with the outgoing president, while 11 percent said they could not accurately judge his performance.

Previously the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC), Mansour was appointed interim president last July after the military removed former President Mohamed Morsi from power. Now that ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been elected to the post, Mansour is expected to return to the SCC.

The majority of those polled, 37 percent, thought that this would be the best move for Mansour, though 17 percent thought the former judge should serve as vice president or a presidential advisor. A small minority of 4 percent advocated for Mansour to take up the mantle of prime minister, 2 percent believed he should serve in the Cabinet in a different capacity and 26 percent did not have an opinion on Mansour’s future steps.

Mansour assumed the presidency as a relatively unknown figure — only 56 percent of Egyptians recognized his name at the time of his appointment, according to a Baseera poll conducted in 2013. That number jumped to 71 percent by the end of his presidency, according to the most recent poll.

About the same number of respondents, 64 percent, approved of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb’s performance, while 13 percent voted it was merely average, 5 percent rated his performance as poor and 18 percent declined to comment.

After swearing into office on Sunday, Sisi tasked Mehleb with forming a new government, now that the interim Cabinet has officially submitted its resignation as stipulated by the recently passed Constitution.

A small majority of those polled, 59 percent, hoped that Mehleb would stay on as prime minister, while 18 percent hoped to see him leave the post.

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