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June 29, 2012 2:28 pm

Morsi Rallies Supporters Ahead of Saturday Oath in Egypt

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi (C) speaks during a press conference in Cairo on Monday, June 18. The Muslim Brotherhood claimed victory in Egypt's first presidential election since Hosni Mubarak was ousted more than a year ago. Photo: EPA/AHMED KHALED.

Washington Post/AP – In front of tens of thousands of cheering supporters, Egypt’s first Islamist and civilian president-elect vowed Saturday that nobody can take away his authority and symbolically read an oath of office in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the eve of his official inauguration.

Mohammed Morsi’s strongly worded speech was a show of defiance as he gears up for a power struggle with the country’s ruling generals who passed a constitutional declaration taking over major presidential powers in the days before election results were announced.

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