Egypt's new president took his oath of office at the country's Constitutional Court Saturday afternoon, promising to protect the court's independence and respect the rule of law. The oath came a day after the Islamist leader pre-empted the formal ceremony by swearing himself in before ecstatic crowds in Tahrir Square and warning off generals trying to curb his powers.

Mursi is the first president since the king was toppled by army officers in 1952 who was not drawn from top military ranks. For the 84-year-old Muslim Brotherhood, which propelled Mursi to office, it marks a dramatic reversal of fortunes after decades of repression.

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