Egypt’s Islamist President-elect Mohamed Morsi delivers a speech in Cairo’s Tahrir Square
Egypt’s President-elect Mohamed Mursi takes his oath on Saturday, a day after the Islamist leader pre-empted the formal ceremony by swearing himself in before ecstatic crowds in Tahrir Square and warning off generals trying to curb his powers.
They have already clipped the prerogatives of the bearded leader now in the palace once occupied by Hosni Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence 16 months after Egyptians toppled him, reports Reuters.
“I swear by God that I will sincerely protect the republican system and that I respect the constitution and the rule of law,” Mursi said on Friday to wild cheers from the crowd, many of whom were followers of his once-banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Addressing the “Muslims and Christians of Egypt”, he promised a “civil, nationalist, constitutional state”, making no mention of the Brotherhood’s dream of creating an Islamic order. Read the rest of this entry »