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Egypt's Islamist president-elect to be sworn in

 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 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 before giving a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. In front o...

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 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 before giving a speech at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. In front o...

Islamist Mohammed Morsi takes the oath of office Saturday before Egypt's highest court as the country's first freely elected president, succeeding Hosni Mubarak who was ousted 16 months ago.
When sworn in before the Supreme Constitutional Court, Morsi will also be the Arab world's first freely elected Islamist leader and Egypt's fifth president since the overthrow of the monarchy some 60 years ago.
The court, housed in a Nile-side structure built to resemble an ancient Egyptian temple, stands next door to a military hospital to which Mubarak, 84, was transferred about two weeks ago after suffering a health scare in a nearby prison hospital. He is serving a life sentence for failing to prevent the killing of protesters during last year's uprising.
Morsi took a symbolic oath on Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising, before tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters.
In a populist speech filled with dramatic gestures, the 60-year-old Morsi staked a claim to the legacy of the uprising and voiced his determination to win back the presidential powers stripped from his office by the generals who took over from Mubarak.
Addressing a crowd that repeatedly shouted, "We love you Morsi!" he began his speech by joining them in chanting, "Revolutionaries and free, we will continue the journey." Later he opened his jacket wide to show that he was not wearing a bullet-proof vest. "I fear no one but God and I work for you," he told the cheering supporters. As he was leaving the podium, he pushed aside two army soldiers from his security detail to wave goodbye to the crowd.
Morsi's defiant tone, however, could not conceal that by agreeing to take the oath before the court, rather than before parliament as is customary, he was bowing to the military's will.
The generals dissolved the Islamist-packed legislature after the same court that will swear him in Saturday ruled that a third of its members were elected illegally.
The military has also declared itself the legislative power, gave itself control over the drafting a new constitution and sidelining Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, which had sought to influence the process.
The generals also created a National Security Council to formulate key domestic and foreign policies. Military officers outnumber civilians sitting on the council by about two-to-one, and decisions are made by a simple majority.


Updated : 2021-07-25 12:21 GMT+08:00