Adly Mansour, chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Council, has been sworn in as Egypt’s interim president following the ousting of Mohamed Mursi by the country’s army.

He said the June 30 protests had been a “correction” of the path that had been set during the 2011 Egyptian uprising, which led to the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. He added he “looks forward to free and fair elections for the presidency and the parliament”.

Mansour has been a member of the constitutional council since 1992 and helped draft the supervision law for the presidential elections in 2012.

On the evening on 3 July, army chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi appeared on state television announcing the removal from office of Mursi and the suspension of the constitution as the former president had “failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people”.

Mursi, along with several other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, have been arrested by the army.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which both have not been fans of the Muslim Brotherhood, were positive about the political developments in Egypt. Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz congratulated the new interim president and praised the role of the army in the political events on 3 July.

“The UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and Mohammed bin Zayed send congratulatory cables to Adly Mansour, the interim president of Egypt,” said Dubai’s media office on 4 July.

The day prior the emirates convicted most of the 94 Emiratis accused of plotting a coup through an organisation with alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Qatar, which has funded Mursi’s government with $8bn, may now change course. It released a statement on Qatar News Agency saying its policy “has always been with the will of the Egyptian people” and that cables of congratulation had been sent by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to Mansour.

Read more on the overthrow of Mohamed Mursi in MEED’s Egypt in crisis section