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Egypt's president-elect takes oath in Tahrir Square
 
Egypt's president-elect, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, tries to earn points as a moderate by picking a Christian and a woman to serve as vice presidents.
Egypt's president-elect, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, tries to earn points as a moderate by picking a Christian and a woman to serve as vice presidents.
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In a symbolic gesture that many Egyptians had called on him to make, Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi took an unofficial oath of office in Cairo's Tahrir Square, "in a slap at the generals trying to limit his power." Amid cheers and applause, Morsi said, "There is no power above people power." Morsi will officially be sworn in on Saturday by the constitutional court — the same court that "dissolved the Islamist-dominated lower house this month in a series of measures designed to ensure that the generals who took over from ousted ruler Hosni Mubarak will keep a strong grip on Egypt's affairs even after Morsi takes power."

 

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