Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Mursi sworn in
Mr Mursi has pledged that the revolution will continue
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Mohammed Mursi has been sworn in
as the country's first civilian, democratically elected president at
a historic ceremony in Cairo.
Mr Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, read the oath before
the Supreme Constitutional Court.
He promised to respect the constitution and the rule of law, and
to protect the people of Egypt.
He is now due to speak at Cairo University before going to an army
base for the handover from military rule.
On Friday, he praised crowds in Tahrir Square, the focal point of
protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak last year.
Aged 60, married with four
Comes from a village in the Nile
Delta province of Sharqiya
US-educated engineering professor;
teaches at Zagazig University
Rose through the ranks of the
Has been praised for his oratory
as an MP
After toppling of Hosni Mubarak, he became chairman of
Brotherhood's FJP party
Mr Mursi swore a symbolic oath
before thousands of people who had gathered to protest against
decrees issued by the country's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed
The military stripped the presidency of many of its powers in
However, Mr Mursi told supporters: "I promise you that I will
not give up on any of the powers given to the president."
He promised to be a president for all Egyptians, saying: "The
revolution must continue until all its objectives are met."
At every stage Mr Mursi has moved to reassure those nervous about
the Muslim Brotherhood, both at home and abroad, says the BBC's Jon
Leyne in Cairo.
It is a mixture of populism and pragmatism that he is going to
need for the battles ahead, our correspondent adds.
Mr Mursi took his oath of office about half an hour later than
scheduled at the constitutional court - not as originally planned the
parliament, which was dissolved by the Scaf last week.
The assembly, elected last November, was dominated by the Muslim
Brotherhood-backed Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and other
On Friday, Mr Mursi also pledged to work for the release of
civilians detained by the military, and to seek justice for those
killed and injured in last year's uprising.
He also said he would work to free militant Islamist Omar
Abdel-Rahman, imprisoned in the US over the bombing of the World
Trade Center in New York in 1993.
At one point Mr Mursi opened his jacket to show the crowd he was
not wearing a bulletproof vest, saying: "I am reassured, thanks
be to God and to you. I fear nobody but God."
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Interim constitutional declaration
Issued by ruling Supreme Council
of Armed Forces (Scaf)
Amends Constitutional Declaration
of March 2011
Grants Scaf powers to initiate
legislation, control budget, appoint panel to draft new constitution
Postpones new parliamentary elections until new constitution
Mr Mursi also promised to take
steps to develop Egypt's struggling economy and to conduct foreign
affairs with "dignity".
Handling relations with the Scaf is likely to be a key test for Mr
Mursi as he begins his term of office.
The Scaf had previously said it would hand over power to Mr Mursi
by the end of the month.
However, Scaf member Major-General Mohamed al-Assar told Egyptian
media earlier this week that the head of Scaf, Field-Marshal Hussein
Tantawi, would remain as defence minister under Mr Mursi.
Also on Friday, Mr Mursi performed prayers at Cairo's al-Azhar
mosque, one of the most prominent seats of learning in Sunni Islam.
He has sought to allay fears among some secular and Coptic
Christian Egyptians that he will use his presidency to impose Islamic
Mr Mursi's campaign has said he plans to appoint a woman and a
Coptic Christian as his vice-presidents.
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