By NVONews.Com Middle East Correspondent,
Cairo: The final moment actually arrived on June 30 noon. Eighty-four years after its foundation the Muslim Brotherhood got its first President installed in Egypt as Mohamed Morsi took oath on Cairo University campus.
Thus came to the end the six decades of military rule and emergence of what many say an Islamic dawn.
The oath was administered by the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Judge Faruth Sultan. He was sworn in before the Supreme Constitutional Court, rather than Parliament as is usual. Sultan later explained that this was done so because the Parliament has been dissolved by the same court shortly before June 16-17 run-off presidential election.
“I swear by Almighty Allah that I will sincerely protect the republican system and that I respect the constitution and the rule of law,” the new President said, after making the same declaration a day earlier in front of tens of thousands of people in Tahrir Square.
“I will look after the interests of the people and protect the independence of the nation and safety of its territory,” he said.
Mursi swearing in and his speech was telecast live by the state as well as international media.
One of the judges, Maher Sami, began the ceremony by saying that event had “no parallel in all of Egypt’s history and was created by the will of the people.”
Earlier, while speaking in Tahrir Square on Friday he vowed to win the release of a blind Egyptian cleric, Omar Abdel-Rahman, jailed by the US for planning the first attack on New York’s World Trade Centre in 1993. Half a dozen people were killed and many others injured in lower Manhattan.
“I see banners for Omar Abdel Rahman’s family, and for prisoners arrested according to martial rulings and detainees from the beginning of the revolution,” Mursi said.
He said it is his duty to make every effort to secure release of Omar Abdel Rahman and others.
Rahman, now 74, was also jailed in Egypt for allegedly helping to inspire the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981. He later entered the US in 1990.
Mursi’s election at least ended the phenomenon of president for life. Both Anwar Sadat and Gamal Abdel Nasser remained President till death while Mubarak was finally ousted. Now ballots would, most likely, decide the fate of the President and not bullets as happened in the case of Sadat.