Monday 23 April 2018

Mursi sworn in as new leader of Egypt

Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo

Islamist Mohamed Mursi was sworn in as Egypt's first democratically elected president yesterday, praising the ruling military even as he assumed an office whose powers were diluted by the generals who took over after Hosni Mubarak's ouster last year.

The ceremony, held in the Supreme Constitutional Court across the street from the military hospital where Mr Mubarak is being treated, came a day after Mr Mursi took a symbolic oath in Cairo's Tahrir Square before tens of thousands of supporters.

"Today, Egypt is a civil, national, constitutional and modern state," he said.

The Muslim Brotherhood had pushed for Mr Mursi to be sworn in before the parliament that had been dissolved earlier this month.

Instead, he stood to claim his post before the same court that had ordered the dissolution.

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