Egypt President-elect vows to fight for authority

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In front of tens of thousands of cheering supporters, Egypt's first Islamist and civilian president-elect Mohammed Morsi vowed on Saturday that nobody can take away his authority and symbolically read an oath of office in Cairo's Tahrir Square on the eve of his official inauguration.

Morsi's strongly-worded speech was a show of defiance as he gears up for a power struggle with the country's ruling generals who passed a constitutional declaration taking over major presidential powers in the days before election results were announced.

"Everybody is hearing me now. The government, the military and the police ... No power above this power," he said as the crowd roared. Morsi, 60, promised to reject any efforts to take away the power of the people, telling his supporters, "you are the source of legitimacy and whoever is protected by anyone else will lose.''

He also addressed popular demands, vowing to release Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind sheik jailed in the US for a plot to blow up New York landmarks as well as detained Egyptian protesters.

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