Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Morsi to be sworn in as president

Egypt's President-elect Mohammed Morsi is given a traditional robe during a meeting with political party representatives (AP/Egyptian Presidency)

Egypt's newly elected Islamist president will be sworn in before the high court on Saturday.

Traditionally the president is sworn in before parliament, but the legislature was dissolved by order of the Supreme Constitutional Court, which invalidated parliamentary elections.

Mohammed Morsi will therefore be sworn in by the high court, which features judges appointed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

The official MENA news agency quoted court vice president Maher Sami as saying Mr Morsi would be sworn in before the body's 18 judges.

Mr Morsi ran for president as the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, which dominated the dissolved parliament and pressed for the house to be reinstated to swear him in.

He was declared winner of the runoff election on Sunday.

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