President-elect Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim
Brotherhood pre-empted the military's choreographed swearing-in ceremony
by taking his oath of office a day early in a televised speech to
hundreds of thousands of supporters in Tahrir Square on Friday, June 29.
But his rousing tribute to Egyptian sovereignty may be
overshadowed by a promise likely to complicate relations with the United
States: to work for the release of the Egyptian-born Sheik Omar Abdel
Rahman, jailed for plotting to bomb a series of New York City landmarks.