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.
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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.