Jets flew in formation through the Cairo sky to mark the swearing-in of top judge Adly Mansour as Egypt’s interim president.
Jubilant Egyptians filled Tahrir Square, rejoicing at Mansour’s appointment – and celebrating the overthrow by the military of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi,
Groups of people danced in the square. One woman said: “I feel secure and at peace. My country, which was stolen from me has been returned. Thank God.”
Mansour, the head of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, has been appointed by the military to manage the country’s transition until elections are held.
At his swearing-in ceremony Mansour said: “We should stop producing new dictatorships and mustn’t worship anyone but God – not an idol or a president.”
The new leader also praised the mass street protests that led to Mursi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, being overthrown after just one year in office.
Mursi’s critics accused him of trying to turn the country into an authoritarian, religious state, while failing to its tackle economic problems.
While thousands rejoice in celebrations across Egypt, the ousted president is under house arrest at an undisclosed location.