Egypt's newly elected President Mohamed Morsi has sworn a symbolic oath in Tahrir Square where he was greeted by the loud cheers of a crowd that had gathered this morning in the symbolic place of Egypt's revolution. "I undertake not to damage the rights of the Egyptian people in any way. I shall ensure these rights and protect all those who elected me, but also all those who did not vote for me. There will be no discrimination and no differences made," President Morsi announced from the stage set up in the Square.
"I shall not give up a single one of the prerogatives of the President of the Republic," President Morsi continued, in a statement that appeared to dismiss the provisions made by the military junta, which tend to limit the role of the head of state. Provisions such as maintaining Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi at the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
The newly elected president paid homage to the martyrs of the revolution. "We shall tell the world: here is Egypt, here are the revolutionaries and here are the Egyptians" he said: "I am speaking to the people of Egypt, to the Muslims of Egypt, to the Copts of Egypt, to citizens inside and outside Egypt". "This is the Square of the revolutionaries and of the martyrs who we now commemorate".
"There is no power set above you, the revolutionaries," President Morsi chanted. "You are the authority and I am with you and among you. I shall be with you at every moment to strengthen our unity and I shall repulse any attempt to take power from you ". "I salute the martyrs of the devolution, their families, the wounded and all those who made sacrifices for Egypt and to give you your rights".