Egypt

Abdel Fattah el Sisi sworn in as President


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Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in yesterday as Egypt’s latest President. In his inaugural speech he said that his number one priority was defeating terrorism and achieving security. The new President also talked about growing the economy especially in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors. He said that he would be a President for all Egyptians.

Most commentators focussed in on the poor attendance at the inauguration from Western and African countries. Only countries from the Gulf States were represented by high ranking officials.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet is expected to submit its resignation to the new President this morning, leaving him free to choose his new Ministerial team.

The official notification as published on the State Information Service website is as follows:

“Sisi sworn in as president of Egypt

Sunday, 8 June 2014

President-Elect Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in as the president of Egypt on Sunday at the headquarters of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Sisi, who got 96.91% of votes during the presidential elections that were held on May 26-28, was sworn in before the General Assembly of the Court with the attendance of Interim President Adly Mansour.

Attending the inauguration ceremony also were Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, former premiers Kamal Ganzouri and Hazem Beblawi and head of the 50-strong constitution drafting committee Amr Moussa.

The inauguration ceremony was held under Supreme Constitutional Court Counsellor Anwar el-Assi in accordance with article 144 of the Egyptian Constitution.

Mansour entered the court’s ceremony hall first and then followed by Sisi.

Then, the national anthem was played and Quranic verses were recited.

Sisi headed after the ceremony for al-Ittihadiya Palace where he was received by Mansour for a power hand-over ceremony. The new president will remain in power for four years.”

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