Mohamed Morsi Sworn in as Egypt’s President Under Generals’ Eyes (Video)

60-year-old Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, an American-educated engineer who had won 52% of the vote in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak democratic election, was formally sworn in on Saturday at the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo.

This video shows a massive crowd in Tahrir exulting in celebration after Morsi’s victory was announced.

“We aspire to a better tomorrow, a new Egypt and a second republic,” Morsi said on Saturday to the judges who were present and who had been appointed by ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. The new Egyptian president also said that “Today, the Egyptian people laid the foundation of a new life of absolute freedom, a genuine democracy and stability.”

In the center of the front row was Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who has been the head of state in charge of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), the military council that has served as Egypt’s interim government after Mubarak was overthrown in February of 2011. Tantawi will be the head of the defense ministry “by fiat,” says the New York Times.

Morsi’s official swearing sets the stage for a “power struggle.” The balance of power between Egypt’s president and the military remains a likely bone of continued contention. Morsi was sworn in under the interim Constitution that was issued by military decree on June 17 and that transferred most of the president’s powers to the ruling generals. Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood and the thousands of protesters occupying Cairo’s Tahrir Square have called the document illegitimate.

The generals symbolically handed over power to Morsi on Saturday in a martial ceremony at a parade ground on a nearby military base and Tantawi awarded Morsi a medal. But Morsi participated in Saturday’s official swearing-in not of his own wishes; he had vowed he would be sworn in before Egypt’s democratically elected and Islamist-led Parliament but the generals dissolved this body on the eve of the presidential election, under a ruling from the same Supreme Constitutional Court.

Saturday’s ceremony was actually the second time Morsi recited the oath. He had recited his oath a day earlier in a televised speech shown to a cheering crowd in Tahrir Square, saying that “The people are the source of authority.” He swore it a third time on Saturday at an auditorium in Cairo University filled with lawmakers from the dissolved Parliament, the ruling generals and foreign ambassadors.

Morsi has yet to name his cabinet; he has spoken of filling the positions of vice-president with a woman and a Coptic Christian. He has said that he will uphold Egypt’s treaty obligations, a tacit reference to its pact with Israel. But he also pledged to reconcile rival Palestinian factions, the militant Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Western-backed Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority and had counted on Mubarak’s government as its principal Arab sponsor.

Morsi has also said that he seeks to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind sheikh jailed in the US who was the spiritual leader of the men who convicted in the 1993 attack on the WTC, a move sure to cause controversy in the US (I am actually writing this post in sight of the Freedom Tower, which is under construction on the site of the World Trade Center, and not far from New Jersey’s 9/11 memorial).

Morsi becomes Egypt’s fifth head of state since the overthrow of the monarchy 60 years ago.

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Photo by Jonathan Rashad via Wikimedia Commons


Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Wesley Struebing
Wesley Struebing6 years ago

Max M. By that I believe you mean Extremist? Because, believe it or not, the vast majority of Egyptians are followers of Islam.

That said, I withhold judgement right now. he's saying the right things, but his grounding IS potentially very worry-making - for the region and the rest of the world.

(sending Egypt all sorts of goodthoughts - the country can use all those we can send.)

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

Surprisingly, I was fovorably impressed with Morsi’s speech. I thought he said all the right things and made no mention of Sharia Law.@ Phil R.. “I really hope Egypt can pull it together”. Yes, when faced with disaster, we can always hope. @ Max M. I read your recommendation. Now we can see thast Muslims have brought the stoning of Christians to America with shouts of “Allahu Akbar” and police permission. That would have been a great episode on that feelgood Muslim sitcom about Dearborn. Perhaps Abdul Aziz would care to comment on this demonstration of Muslim love and tolerance ? A comment from a family member of the heroes who died fighting for our freedom in the Middle East would also be welcome.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill6 years ago

1This is really going to be a problem for the rest of the world!

John Mansky
John Mansky6 years ago

Thank you for the article...

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AbdulAziz A.
AbdulAziz A6 years ago

Max M: What a man, yes indeed MB has won the election and have the mandate to change things as required (with US and Qatri / Kuwaiti assistance when instructed by US). This must have been the wish of US as they let their "dog Mobarak" loose in the beginning then refused to look after him when it became clear Egyptian people will not tolerate him any longer.

Don't blame the public, they have been shackled for a long while with US instructions and freedom does bring some benefits - ie freedom to select who they want.

Lay off them now, their man is trying to come out of the army shadows before doing any thing constructive. I am aware and so are a number of others that the Islamophobes will try to stir up trouble and attempt to derail any progress he intends to move. Simply because their chosen man is almost dead and buried.

Good luck to ALL Egyptian and well done

Max M.
Max M6 years ago

All of you do realize that Morsi is an Islamist, right?

Ann Delicath
Ann Delicath6 years ago

I heard on the radio that Morsi, while running for President of Egypt, put his family camel on the roof of his car and went on vacation. (For the couple of brain-deads who read and comment on these articles, the original radio report and this post are JOKES. I don't want your heads to explode).

Phil R.
Phil R6 years ago

This man is an interesting collection of contradictions. I really hope Egypt can pull it together, for the Egyptian people and because it's an important power in the region. Also, from a scientific perspective, there are many important archaeological sites and artifacts there that need to be protected. I know that Dr. Zahi Hawass is very concerned about the safety of the Egyptian Museum and historic sites.