Egypt’s new President Mohamed Morsi’s inaugural address to the nation appears to have gone down well with the population.
Morsi said Egypt “will not take a step back” from its chosen path during his formal swearing-in, promising a “civil, nationalist, and constitutional” state.
“We are waiting for political steps that will make this a reality. A presidential team, an independent prime minister, a coalition government, these are the things that will turn this speech into reality,” said Sami Farag.
“Regarding foreign policy, he used very powerful language which held a message of peace. The president said that we offer peace to the entire world,” said Awad al-Dawy.
Morsi’s immediate task will be to form a group of advisors around him to pilot their way through the upcoming political trials; fresh parliamentary elections, and the formation of a government. Without them, Morsi is a straw man, and the army retains real power.