Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

29 June 2012

Egypt: Mursi Takes Symbolic Oath in Tahrir Square

Photo: Maggie Osama/Amnesty
Waving the Egyptian flag.

President-elect Mohamed Mursi took a symbolic oath of office before hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Tahrir square on Friday evening on the eve of his oath taking before the Supreme Constitutional Court.

"I swear by Almighty God to uphold the Republican system with loyalty, to respect the constitution and the law, and to look after the interests of the people fully and to safeguard the independence of territorial integrity of the motherland," Mursi declared before the people on a Tahrir square platform.

Mursi addressed his speech to Tahrir demonstrators saying "I came to you today because I believe you are the source of legislation and authority over which there is no authority... You are the origin and the source of power; whoever takes refuge away from you would lose and whoever follows your will would succeed."

The president stated he will continue the revolution to achieve all its goals, adding "I will not be lenient regarding the rights of Egypt and its martyrs."

Mursi warned against denting Egypt's pride and its people's dignity.

He pledged to free Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman who is imprisoned in the United States and those who are detained under military rules.

"Our strength is in our unity. Unite and be brothers who love their country," Mursi said.

"Before I leave the square, and I hate to leave it, I salute you and love you all," the president stated.

"We are free revolutionaries... we will continue along the way," Mursi chanted with the demonstrators.

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