(Qubba Palace: Sunday, June 8, 2014)
Speech by Counselor Adly Mansour during inauguration ceremony
Monday، 09 June 2014 - 12:00 AM
Two Revolutions have broken out. The people, heavily burdened with apprehensions were calling for the legitimate rights long denied them and the freedoms well-deserved but also refused them. A heavy legacy of injustices and favouritism and long decades of political and economic persecution have all led to the people's revolution on January 25, 2011; a revolution which was successful at first but which was derailed; the revolution was forced to take a detour against the will of the people. Once again, the people revolted on June 30, 2013 to correct their bearings and to restore their revolution. This time, they have learnt their lesson; protected their will and nurtured their dreams, which are now turning into realities one by one.
Today as an ordinary Egyptian citizen, I believe that we have set our foot on the right path to democracy. Formerly I could only see few rays of hope but now I can see the light shining brightly over the route to hope; a route which while difficult will lead us to new and better horizons.
A new day has dawned after a long and tempestuous night. It is high time that the honourable would be at peace; it is high time that those who were treated unjustly would restore their rights, that the simple would realize that their country recognizes their right to live; it is indeed high time that victims of poverty, ignorance and ill-health would know that an unrelenting war is about to be waged against all the challenges of the past period.
The great people of Egypt,
I am now confident and reassured; confident that you are capable of achieving progress and of cooperating with our new president in building the future of our country; and reassured that the future of our children will be better. You have proved, given the lapse of time and the various experiences, to be up to the responsibility. I ask you to be as I have always known you. None of us is flawless; so discover and build on the good in you; and identify and correct your shortcomings. No longer can this country tolerate the refuelling of old feuds or the initiation of new conflicts. You should work to promote its interests and trust that goodness begets goodness.
The Egyptian people, some of whom believe I have not made enough public speeches, have listened to me throughout this past year. The people, myself included, are now anxious to listen to the man to whom they have given their trust and vote; the man who is now the safe-keeper of this country; who would support us to realize our dreams and whom we support to fulfil his mission of achieving prosperity.
I once again extend my sincerest congratulations to you on winning the trust of the Egyptian people in the second landmark of the roadmap to the future. I wish you success in fulfilling your responsibilities.
It gives great honour to present you with the fruit of the first landmark of the roadmap; the new Constitution of Egypt, which represents the sublime law of this country, and the foundation of the system of government; the Constitution, which I will protect and see to the application of its articles, in the position to which I will be returning today as head of the Supreme Constitutional Court.
May Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon you.