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Egypt: Scenes of celebration, defiance in Cairo

 Egyptians wave to Egypt's President-elect, Mohammed Morsi, upon his arrival to give a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012....
 Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi talks to his supporters at Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June ...
 Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi waves to supporters at Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, ...
 Egyptians wave from their balcony to Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi, upon his arrival to give a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Frid...
 Egyptians climb a palm tree and a light pole to watch Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi at Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, ...
 Egyptian republican guards stand guard as Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi arrives to give a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, J...
 Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi waves to supporters after giving a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. In front of...

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt

Egyptians wave to Egypt's President-elect, Mohammed Morsi, upon his arrival to give a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012....

Mideast Egypt

Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi talks to his supporters at Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June ...

Mideast Egypt

Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi waves to supporters at Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, ...

Mideast Egypt

Egyptians wave from their balcony to Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi, upon his arrival to give a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Frid...

Mideast Egypt

Egyptians climb a palm tree and a light pole to watch Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi at Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, ...

Mideast Egypt

Egyptian republican guards stand guard as Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi arrives to give a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, J...

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt

Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi waves to supporters after giving a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. In front of...

The tens of thousands of Egyptians who packed Cairo's Tahrir Square this time did so not to protest, but to celebrate the country's first Islamist and civilian president-elect.
Mohammed Morsi, who won this month's runoff in the nation's first free presidential election, came to the epicenter of the Egyptian uprising to speak to his supporters and stake his claim to power in the country.
Addressing the packed square, Morsi struck a defiant tone, vowing to fight for his authority in the face of the country's ruling generals.
He spoke in a booming voice. He raised his hands to the swarming crowd. He stepped out boldly in front of the podium and opened his jacket to show he wasn't wearing a bulletproof vest, to show that he fears "no one but God."
The throngs of cheering supporters in the square raised their arms in triumph. They waved from balconies. They climbed palm trees to catch a glimpse of the man they had elected to lead the country.


Updated : 2021-03-08 09:56 GMT+08:00