Egypt's president-elect Mohammed Morsi tried to ease the turmoil that has rocked the country since the uprising 16 months ago, reaching out to Christians, women and secular revolutionaries to join his new Islamist-led government.
Even prominent opponents of Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood gave cautious support for his effort to end military rule after the generals issued a series of last-minute decrees to try to keep their grip on power.
But it remained unclear how much power the military was willing to cede - and how much authority the Brotherhood ultimately intends to retain for itself.
Dina Zakariya, a Morsi campaign spokeswoman, said the only way forward is to create a national unity government that represents all political forces and all Egyptians.
"The country lived for so long in corruption. No single party can take full responsibility" for tackling the nation's problems, she said, adding that Mr Morsi is serious about appointing a Christian and a woman as vice presidents and including a range of political factions in the Cabinet.
Mr Morsi was declared the winner on Sunday of the first free presidential election in Egypt's modern history, becoming the first Islamist and the first civilian to hold the office. Since then, backdoor negotiations on a power-sharing agreement between Islamists and the ruling military council have been ongoing.
The deeply polarising race pitted Mr Morsi against Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq. Many liberals who drove the uprising, as well as women and minority Christians were despondent over the choice between a vestige of the old regime and a candidate they fear might impose stricter Islamic law in Egypt and limit personal freedoms.
In an effort to assuage those fears, Mr Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood have floated the names of respected liberals, women and Christians to join his government. Among them is former nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed El Baradei, a leading pro-democracy advocate.
Critics say the Muslim Brotherhood, which dominated in both parliamentary and presidential elections, is power hungry.
They warn that if the Brotherhood does not create a broad-based government, it alone will be blamed for failing to fix the battered economy, surging crime and deteriorating social conditions in Egypt after a tumultuous transition to democratic rule.