Egypt: Morsi to be sworn in as first civilian president

Egypt: Morsi to be sworn in as first civilian president

Mohamed Morsi will be sworn in as Egypt's first civilian president this morning.

It comes after the president elect addressed a huge crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square yesterday, the epicentre of the Arab Spring uprising that ousted veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak early last year.

In his speech to tens of thousands of jubilant supporters the Islamist, who resigned from the Muslim Brotherhood after his election win, was careful to reach out to Egypt's Christian minority of some 10 percent.

He promised a "civilian state" and praised "the square of the revolution, the square of freedom".

Morsi also symbolically swore himself in before the crowd, saying he would "preserve the republican system... and the independence" of Egypt.

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