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article imageMorsi sworn in as Egypt's leader

By Layne Weiss     Jun 30, 2012 in World
BBC News is reporting that Mohammed Morsi was officially sworn into office Saturday as Egypt's first democratically elected president as well its first Muslim president at a historic ceremony in Cairo.
Morsi took the oath of office before 18 judges of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court, The Jerusalem Post reports. His election brings an end to 60 years of military rule in Egypt.
"I swear by the Almighty God to sincerely preserve the republican order and to respect the constitution and law, and completely care for the people's interest," the 60 year old Morsi said before the Constitutional Court, DNA India reports.
"Egypt is now a civil, national, and modern state," the newly sworn in President added according to The Jerusalem Post.
Saturday's ceremony also signifies an end to 84 years of struggle for Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.
Although, he is a Muslim, President Morsi has sought to calm fears amongst secular and Christians that he will impose Islamist law under his presidency. He plans to appoint a woman and a Coptic Christian as his vice presidents, BBC News reports.
According to The Jerusalem Post, Morsi's decision to be sworn in before the Constitutional Court caused a lot of controversy.
The Muslim Brotherhood has stated previously that it does not accept the Court's decree to dissolve parliament or its issuing on June 17 of a supplementary constitutional declaration.
Following his victory , the Egyptian Press speculated that Morsi would likely refuse to be sworn in by the Supreme Constitutional Court because to do so would show that he accepted both the supplementary declaration and the Court's decision to dissolve Parliament.
The Second Revolution of Rage, a group which advocates "a democratic civil state that extends to all political and civil forces with full respect for their religious beliefs" announced on Facebook Friday that they did not recognize Morsi as their President because of his decision to be sworn in by the SCC, The Jerusalem Post reports.
Hours after the ceremony, Morsi was saluted by Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, leader of the military council, which has been in power since the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak, BBC News reports.
"We have fulfilled our promise which we made before God and the people," Tantawi said. "We now have an elected President who assumed Egypt's rule through a free and direct vote reflecting the will of the Egyptians."
Morsi also gave a speech at Cairo University Saturday saying "God is greatest above everyone," and pledged that Egypt would "not reverse its new democratic course after Hosni Mubarak's fall," DNA India reports.
Egypt's new President also announced that "Egypt, its people, and presidential institution stand with the Palestinian people until they regain their rights."
"We support the Syrian people. We want the bloodshed to stop," he added.
According to BBC News, many in Hosni Mubarak's regime, which at the time is still intact, will not be working with President Morsi.
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