Mohammed Mursi has been formally sworn in as Egypt’s president, a day after he pre-empted the formal ceremony by swearing himself in before ecstatic crowds in Tahrir Square and warning off generals trying to curb his powers.
Addressing the “Muslims and Christians of Egypt”, Mursi promised a “civil, nationalist, constitutional state”, making no mention of the Brotherhood’s dream of creating an Islamic order.
Mursi had wanted the ceremony to take place in parliament, in keeping with the country’s interim constitution, but the ruling military dissolved the Islamist-dominated house earlier this month after a court order.
He pre-empted the court ceremony by swearing himself in at Tahrir Square and warning off generals trying to curb his powers.
Mursi praised Muslims and Christians alike in front of crowds that packed the birthplace of the revolt that overthrew his predecessor Hosni Mubarak last year.
He also pledged his support for the Palestinians until “they regain all their rights” and called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria.
Mohammed Mursi has become Egypt’s fifth head of state since the overthrow of the monarchy around 60 years ago.