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President Morsi hails 'new Egypt' but faces challenges to authority


Egypt’s newly sworn-in President Mohammed Morsi reaffirmed his Islamist beliefs in his inauguration speech, but promised the country would not swerve from a moderate course in its international policies.

­Morsi opened his inauguration speech with the words "God is greatest, above everyone."

But he sought to mollify those who feared that Egypt would review its peace treaty with Israel, and encourage hardline Islamists to rise up in other Middle Eastern countries.

"We carry a message of peace to the world," said Morsi during the live broadcast from Cairo University. "We emphasize the state of Egypt's commitment to international treaties and agreements."

He also aligned himself with the West and the majority of the Muslim world in supporting the rebels against President Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war.

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