Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former Egyptian army chief, has been sworn in Sunday as the new president at Cairo's Constitutional Court after he won 96% of the vote in last month's presidential election.
"I swear by almighty God to preserve the republican system, and to respect the constitution and the law and to care for the interests of the people; and to preserve the independence of the nation and its territorial integrity," Sisi said.
Al-Sisi , who last July overthrew Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi,who, now on trial for charges that carry the death penalty, was sworn in two years ago.
Sunday was declared a national holiday and Security forces were deployed at key locations around the capital Cairo ahead of the ceremony at the Supreme Constitutional Court.
The United States said it was looking forward to working with el-Sisi "to advance our strategic partnership and the many interests shared by the United States and Egypt," the White House press secretary said in a statement last week.
After Sisi said the the oath in the Supreme Constitutional Court ,he has arrived at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Heliopolis for the second stage of his inauguration as president, while interim leader Adly Mansour will hand over power to the new leader.
The ceremony at Ittihadiya will be attended by at least 45 Arab and international figures, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Among the guests are King Abdullah of Jordan, Crown Prince Salman Ibn Abdel-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohamed Ibn Ziad of UAE, King Hamd of Bahrain as well the presidents of Chad, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea
El-Sissi is Egypt’s eighth president since the overthrow of the monarchy in 1953.
Sources: All Voices
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