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Egypt president-elect Morsi to meet with SCAF Tantawi on Monday

Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi to meet with military ruler Tantawi for the first time since he was declared Egypt's president and will discuss taking the presidential oath

Ahram Online, Monday 25 Jun 2012
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President elect Mohamed Morsi will meet with the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Mohamed Hussein Tantawi at the Ministry of Defence on Monday.

A source, who asked to remain anonymous, told Ahram Online, that the meeting will cover preparations for Morsi’s presidential oath as well as the celebrations that the military council will hold when it formally hands over power on Saturday 30 June.

According to the source, Morsi is expected to swear the oath in front of the general assembly of the High Constitutional Court as the 17 June addendum passed by the military council stipulates.

Another possible scenario, says the source, is that the presidential oath is postponed until the administrative court decides on how to implement the HCC's ruling on the unconstitutionality of the parliamentary elections law. The Constitutional Court declared the parliamentary election law unconstitutional on Thursday, June 14, leading to its dissolution. The administrative court will rule on Tuesday about whether to dissolve the whole parliament or just one third.

The issue of Morsi’s presidential oath has been a cause of much contention between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military council, since the parliament was dissolved on 14 June. Appeals were filed by three MPs including the speaker of the parliament Saad El-Katatni.

Hours after Morsi was declared the winner on Sunday, Saad El-Husseini, a member of the executive bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party confirmed that Morsi would take his oath of office before parliament and not before Egypt's High Constitutional Court .

However, early on Monday, Brotherhood leader and MP in the now dissolved parliament, Sobhi Saleh reportedly told MENA Morsi would indeed be sworn in before the HCC. He stressed however, that in accepting this, Morsi is not accepting the dissolution of parliament.

It remains unclear, however, where Morsi will take the oath.

Morsi will also meet with the other members of the SCAF.

Tantawi has been the de facto ruler of Egypt since former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power on 11 February 2011.

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