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Morsi-SCAF meeting lasts an hour, no details announced on oath-swearing ceremony

SCAF's first official meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood's president-elect Mohamed Morsi lasted for a brief hour where they exchanged thanks

Monday 25 Jun 2012
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Newly-elected Egypt president Mohamed Morsi met with head of the military council Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi and his chief of staff and deputy Sami Anan, along with the rest of the members of the council today.

The meeting that lasted for about an hour took place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence in Cairo in the district of Abbasiya.

Sources from the defence ministry told Al-Ahram Arabic news portal that the Field Marshal congratulated Morsi and said the military council would support him as the country's legitimately elected president. Morsi, in turn, thanked the military council for managing the interim period since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

Muslim Brotherhood Morsi has narrowly beat Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in the runoff of the Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential elections. The results were announced on Sunday afternoon by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission.

No further information was announced about whether the contentious oath-swearing ceremony, which was expected to be discussed in the meeting, was tackled.

Following the dissolution of the parliament on June 14, a constitutional addendum issued by the military council stipulated that the new president must take the oath before the general assembly of the High Constitutional Court (HCC).

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.

The military council had earlier stated that the oath-swearing ceremony will take place before the end of June, without specifying the date.

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