The top judge of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader, a day after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi and put him under house arrest.
Mansour said fresh elections were “the only way” forward, but gave no indication of when they would be held.
Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, is under house arrest after what he says was a military coup.
The army said he had “failed to meet the demands of the people”.
The upheaval comes after days of mass rallies against Mr Morsi and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement he comes from.
Egypt’s prosecutor ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader on Thursday.
The dramatic exit of President Mohamed Mursi was greeted with delight among millions of people on the streets of Cairo and other cities overnight, but there was simmering resentment among Egyptians who opposed military intervention.
Perhaps aware of the risk of a polarized society, the new interim leader, Adli Mansour, used his inauguration to hold out an olive branch to the Brotherhood.
“The Muslim Brotherhood are part of this people and are invited to participate in building the nation as nobody will be excluded, and if they respond to the invitation, they will be welcomed,” he said.
Mursi’s removal after a year in office marked another twist in the turmoil that has gripped the Arab world’s most populous country in the two years since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.
(Source: BBC & Reuters)