The Straits Times
Published on Dec 27, 2012

Mursi hails charter as 'new dawn for Egypt', targets economy


CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday hailed an Islamist-backed charter he pushed through despite fierce opposition protests as "a new dawn" for his country, and said he would now tackle a teetering economy.

In a televised national address, Mr Mursi said he would reshuffle his government and renewed an offer of dialogue with the largely secular opposition.

But while "mistakes on both sides" occurred as the new charter was drafted and put to a referendum that gave it 64-per cent voter support, he remained defiant over the "difficult" decisions he made.

"I only took decisions for God and in the interests of the nation," said Mr Mursi, who hails from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.