Mohammed Morsi has been officially sworn in as Egypt's president at a ceremony at the Constitutional Court in Cairo Saturday, becoming the first elected leader of the country since Hosni Mubarak was ousted.
Morsi is the first Islamist to be freely elected in the Arab world. He becomes Egypt's fifth head of state since the country's monarchy was overthrown 60 years ago.
"I swear by the Almighty God to sincerely preserve the republican order and to respect the constitution and law, and completely care for the people's interest," Morsi said during the ceremony.
Before being elected president, Morsi was the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. He resigned from his post with the Brotherhood when he won the election.
On Friday, Morsi took a symbolic oath of office during a speech on Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the revolution that overthrew Mubarak in February. He promised a civilian state and praised "the square of the revolution, the square of freedom."
Traditionally, the president takes the oath in parliament, but Egypt's top court ordered the disbanding of the Islamist-dominated legislature. The military subsequently assumed legislative powers and also formed a powerful national security council headed by the president but dominated by generals.
By agreeing to be sworn in by the Constitutional Court, Morsi is effectively acknowledging the court's decision to dissolve parliament.
mz/tj (AFP, Reuters, dpa)