[Reuters] Egypt’s first Islamist president takes oath

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Addressing the "Muslims and Christians of Egypt", Mursi promised a "civil, nationalist, constitutional state", making no mention of the Brotherhood's dream of creating an Islamic order.

Mursi promised to work for the release of Omar Abdul Rahman, a blind Egyptian militant cleric jailed for life in the United States over a 1993 bomb attack on New York's World Trade Centre.

That seemed to signal an intention to carve out a more independent line towards the United States, which provides $1.3 billion a year in military aid in support of Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Mursi has said he will respect his country's international obligations, an oblique reference to the treaty.

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