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Egypt's Morsi to take presidential oath of office before Constitutional Court
After days of uncertainty, Egypt's presidency announces that Mohamed Morsi will be sworn into office - to become the country's first-ever civilian head of state - before the High Constitutional on Saturday
Zeinab El Gundy , Friday 29 Jun 2012
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President-elect Mohammed Morsi speaks to newspaper editors in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Photo: AP)

President-elect Mohamed Morsi will be sworn into office before the High Constitutional Court on Saturday, the Egyptian presidency announced in an official statement Thursday night.

The president is also expected to address the nation from Cairo University on Saturday after the swearing ceremony.

The announcement comes after five days of intense speculation over where the ceremony would take place.

Egypt's revolutionary forces have already demanded that Morsi take the oath of office before parliament, so as not to acknowledge a recent SCAF-issued 'constitutional addendum' that sorely limits the powers of the presidency.

According to the Constitutional Declaration issued by the SCAF on 30 March 2011 in the wake of last year's revolution, Egypt's president-elect should be sworn in before parliament. But a ruling by Egypt's High Constitutional Court earlier this month led to the dissolution of the People’s Assembly, the lower house of Egypt's parliament.

The 'constitutional addendum' issued earlier this month, meanwhile, states that the president-elect should be sworn into office before the High Constitutional Court.

Ikhwan Online, the oficial website of the Muslim Brotherhood, announced earlier Thursday evening that president-elect Mohamed Morsi will deliver a speech to the nation from Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the Egyptian revolution, at Friday's planned mass protest after he performs the noon prayers at Al-Azhar mosque.

Essam El-Erian, vice-president of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), announced that the Islamist group would participate in Friday's million-man protest which is organised under the slogan "Handover Power" to demand a reversal for the ruling military council's 15 June decision to disband parliament and the annulment of the SCAF-issued addendum which limits presidential powers.





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Dr Gamal Elbaz, Germany
29-06-2012 08:20am
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Democracy!
I invite Egyptians to consider quietly the following: 1)Stable democracy is established in France since 1958 this means 169 yeas after the revolution of 1789. 2)There is no known democracy immediately after any revolution. You cannot change a generalized corruption to generalized justice in a few years 3)French people have cut the relationship between the church and the state in 1905 precisely 116 after 1789. 4)Consider Japan and Germany where reconstructions after complete war destructions were the fastest: no religious bases were used by their governments, only their highest organisation capabilities. 5)Look how Turkey is going forward economically and socially. Nobody describes the others to be good muslims or bad ones 6)Great Britain, the most stable democracy, has no constitution!7)Ideally, power should not be concentrated in Egypt by any organization; it should be shared to progress to democratic maturity 8)Egypt needs urgently:Justice,Security,Education, Reforming all administra
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Xudabaghish Mammadov
29-06-2012 07:11am
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Good luck!
I wish Morsi god luck and success in ruling Egypt. May Egypt be a stable and prosperous country.
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Paul Mark Enriquez
29-06-2012 02:15am
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For new freely elected Egyptian's President Morsi
I am amazed in the breakthrough in your government and I do believe that something has to be done and that is equality and transparency. Equality in a sense that everyone must have same rights and privileges provided with no exemptions;there should be freedom of religion and speech because a democratic state is not handed by one only but it is for all wherein everyone in a state contributes for the development of the state. Compromise of your sayings into some corruptible acts will deteriorate the contribution of martyrs in your new phase. God bless you!
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Shabbir Ahmed
29-06-2012 01:55am
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Oath
Excellent, Take oath and power, Start business, with Name of merciful, he will open door with blessing. Million and millions Duaa and prayers with this government/President, SERVENT of EGYPT, great nation, O Allah merciful make easy for them, you they are weaks, BUT your Servent. Amin.
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