27 June 2012

Egypt: Decision On President's Oath, Thursday - Spokesman

Photo: Maggie Osama/Amnesty
Waving the Egyptian flag.

Egypt's presidency will announce where the Muslim Brotherhood's President-elect Mohamed Mursi will officially be sworn into office, on Thursday.

Mursi is expected to be sworn in on Saturday, ending a transition period ruled by a military council.

A patriotic and independent figure has been decided to head the anticipated government, Yasser Ali, Mursi's spokesman, said on Wednesday. He added that while the issue is still being studied, negotiations are currently underway to reach a solution that satisfies all the different political forces, and is in agreement with the law, the Middle East News Agency reported.

The ruling military council issued constitutional amendments last week that compel the president to take his oath to office in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in the absence of a parliament.

Yasser denied that the ruling military council will maintain the right to appoint decisive ministries. He also denied that the Brotherhood's political arm (Freedom and Justice Party) plans on taking over only 30 percent of the government, explaining that such reports are only speculations circulated by the media.

The spokesman also denied that Mursi met with former International Atomic Energy Agency Director Mohamed ElBaradei yesterday, adding that ElBaradei preferred to turn to the ruling military council on the matter.

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