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President takes legitimacy from will of people not oath of office: Law professor

Presidential oath is a mere formality and could take place anywhere, says constitutional expert

Ahram Online, Saturday 30 Jun 2012
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The presidential oath of office is a mere formality and where it takes place is unimportant, according to Tharwat Badawi, a professor of law at Cairo University.

There has been much controversy in recent days over where President-elect Mohamed Morsi with swear his oath of office. Morsi had said he would take it in parliament but the ruling military council insisted he take it in front of the High Constitutional Court because the parliament had been dissolved.

The president takes his legitimacy from the will of the people, not the delivery of an oath, Badawi told the Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Morsi could take his oath at various locations around the country in a move that would resonate with the people, Badawi added.

"There is no problem with the president swearing the oath before the court in the presence of the generals, judges and MPs," Badawi concluded.  

 

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