Mohamed Morsy was taken oath today as President of Egypt in a closed door ceremony befote the general assembly of t he Supreme Constitutional Court, becoming the country´s first civilian, democratically-elected president.
Morsy, an engineer and university professor and leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, vowed loyalty to the nation and defending democracy in spite of his limited powers.
Morsy, who won 51.73 percent of the voting, was reluctant to show respect for the 18 magistrates of the general assembly of the constitutional court and tried unsuccessfully to follow the tradition to swear in before Parliament, now dissolved.
In this regard, he said that he respects law and the Constitution, as well as the hierarchy and authority of the said court, but he rejects the amendment to the Constitutional Declaration (provisional Magna Carta) approved by the military a week ago.
In fact, Morsy´s sear-in ceremony failed to ease the political uncertainty, as he vowed to respect a nonexistent Constitution, at least permanently.
Morsy´s Muslim followers said that the court does not represent the will, as they are judges appointed by the presidency and, in this case, they served under the government of Hosni Mubarak, toppled by people´s rebellion in February, 2011.
Though preliminary details of the ceremony are yet to be made public, most Egyptians have defined this day as "historic" because they are celebrating a peaceful political change, though the Military Junta is at the helm of the country.
It retains the Legislature and some Executive posts, with authority to appointing the minister of Defense, acting as commander in chief of the Army and declaring war.
Morsy, who is scheduled to address the nation today as president from the University of Cairo, said the Army will be preserved as an important institution of the country, but he will do his best for the military to stop meddling in the country´s political life.