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New Egyptian president wants unity, peace

2 years ago June 24, 2012 Jun 24, 2012 Sunday, June 24 2012 Sunday, June 24, 2012 4:15:33 PM EDT in News

CAIRO - Egypt's newly elected President Mohammed Morsi has called for unity and said he carries "a message of peace" to the world.

In his first televised speech on state TV, Morsi pledged Sunday to preserve Egypt's international accords, a reference to the peace deal with Israel.

He paid tribute to nearly 900 protesters killed in last year's uprising, saying without the "blood of the martyrs," he would not have made it to the presidency.

In a non-confrontational speech, he did not mention the last-minute power grab by the ruling military that stripped the president of most of his major powers.

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