President elect to be sworn in today
President elect, Mohammed Mursi, attended Tahrir Square yesterday and spoke to the crowds, vowing that he would serve all of the people.
In a show of defiance to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) he carried out the ceremony of swearing the oath a day early in front of the people in the square which was the birthplace of last year’s revolution. “I swear in the name of great God, to sincerely preserve the republican system, to respect the constitution and law and to go after the interests of the people,” he said.
Normally the inauguration would be done in front of the parliament, but because the SCAF dissolved parliament prior to the presidential election it will now be completed in front of the Supreme Court.
In another move, which will put him into conflict with the United States, the president elect also promised to seek the release of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman who is currently serving a life sentence in the U.S. for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks following the bombing of the World Trade Centre in 1993. There were nine others jailed with the ‘Blind Sheik’ as he is known.