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Former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi sworn in as Egypt's president

Sunday, 8 June 2014 - 2:47pm IST | Place: Cairo | Agency: PTI

  • egypt-al-sisi-swearing-in In this screen grab, former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi takes the oath of office during his swearing in ceremony as Egypt's new president at the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Reuters

Egypt's former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in as the country's new president on Sunday after winning by a landslide in May elections, strengthening the military's grip on power in the deeply polarised nation.

Sisi, 59, was declared the country's president last week after winning 96.6% of the presidential vote, almost a year since the ouster of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi last year. He took the oath of office for a four-year term at a ceremony held in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court's General Assembly here. Later he was given a 21-gun salute followed by the national anthem.

Sis is the seventh president of Egypt.

Sunday was declared a national holiday. The low-key ceremony was attended by the entire Cabinet of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab as well as Sisi's wife and children. Sisi, wearing a navy blue western suit, entered the hall walking side by side with the outgoing interim president Adly Mansour

The ceremony, telecast live on TV, started with verses from the Quran. The inauguration will continue with ceremonies at the Ittihadiya and El-Kobbeh presidential palaces, which will be attended by several foreign representatives.

Egypt has tightened security across its capital Cairo for his inauguration amid assassination "threats" recently reported by Egyptian media, warning that former army could be a target of planned attacks.

Sisi, a retired field marshal who deposed Morsi, promised to restore stability and the economy after three years of turmoil. Morsi, who became the country's first democratically- elected president after the ouster of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, was deposed on July 3, 2013 following massive protests calling for his resignation.

Sisi, who was army chief at the time, stepped down from his military post this year to run for President. In the election, Sisi defeated the only other contender Hamdeen Sabahi.

He inherits a nation that is divided and weary. Experts warn that if he cannot deliver in the next year or two he could face a mass revolt, like his predecessors.

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