Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

New leader Mosri in peace message

Mohammed Morsi has been elected the new president of Egypt (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egypt's newly elected President Mohammed Morsi has called for unity and said he carries "a message of peace" to the world.

In his first televised speech on state TV, Mr Morsi pledged to preserve Egypt's international accords, a reference to the peace deal with Israel.

He paid tribute to nearly 900 protesters killed in last year's uprising, saying without the "blood of the martyrs," he would not have made it to the presidency.

In a non-confrontational speech, he did not mention the last-minute power grab by the ruling military that stripped the president of most of his major powers.

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