Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was formally sworn in on Saturday, June 30, as the first democratically elected president of Egypt, signaling a new stage in an ever murkier struggle to define the future of the nation after six decades of military-backed autocracy, The New York Times
reported. As Egypt’s first civilian president and the first Islamist elected to lead an Arab state, Morsi has vowed to fulfill the goals of the Egyptian revolution by building the institutions of democracy on a foundation of Islamic principles. But he must first wrest power from the generals who have ruled Egypt since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Although they trumpeted their handover on Saturday, they have taken only a small step behind the scenes to accommodate Morsi’s election.