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Egypt's interim president Mansour hands over power to El-Sisi

Outgoing president Adly Mansour tells Egypt's new leader Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi he will 'succeed in achieving the people's aspirations'

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Jun 2014
El-Sisi and Adly Mansour
Newly sworn in President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and outgoing interim President Adly Mansour signing a "handover of power document" at Ittihadiya palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 8, 2014 (Photo: Snapshot from Egypt's state TV)
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One Egyptian president handed over power to another in Cairo on Sunday, "a peaceful transfer of power" that is unprecedented in Egypt's history, said new President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during the inauguration ceremony in which outgoing interim leader Adly Mansour ceded the country's top post to a former army chief.

"Our nation has never witnessed a peaceful transfer of power before," El-Sisi said in his first speech after taking the presidential oath at the Supreme Constitutional Court, adding that that it was a huge responsibility to lead a country like Egypt.

"The time has come for the Egyptian people to reap the fruits of the two revolutions" he said, referring to the 25 January 2011 and 30 June 2013 uprisings which ousted former presidents Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi.

During his short speech, El-Sisi promised that his presidential term will be inclusive and that he will listen to the "other".

"We will have disagreements for the sake of the nation, not competing over the nation," he said.
El-Sisi said that he intended to include comprehensive efforts for internal and external developments to restore Egypt's role, whether in the Arab world or Africa.

Thanking Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for his support, El-Sisi called on other countries to participate in the international donors' conference the Saudi king called for last week to drum up financial aid for Egypt, besieged with three years of economic turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

Saudi Arabia has been a firm backer of Egypt since Morsi's ouster last summer, providing billions in bank deposits and fuel shipments.

In what is likely to be his last public speech, Mansour spoke of how Egyptians managed to proceed with the transitional road map adopted after Morsi's ouster despite a surge in terrorism and economic troubles.

"All that did not stop us from going forward in our roadmap," Mansour said, while also thanking the same Arab countries and foreign allies that supported the Egyptian people's will.

Addressing his successor El-Sisi, Mansour said, "You will succeed in achieving the people's aspirations with the support of the people."

Both men signed an official power transfer document stating that El-Sisi won the 2014 presidential election and had received power from Mansour after being sworn in.

El-Sisi won the 26-28 May vote by nearly 97 percent over his only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.

The afternoon inauguration ceremony was followed with a luncheon for the guests in attendance, including Jordan's King Abdullah and Bahrain's King Hamed. Evening celebrations will include a gala event at Al-Quba palace with 1,300 guests from both Egypt and around the world.  

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J.M.Jordan
09-06-2014 12:30pm
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Please compare George Fadel, Egyptian comment with the historical facts
Presidential elections 2012: Turnout 1st round 46%, 2nd round 52%, with however Morsi only winning over Shafik by a narrow margin (51,7% vs. 48,3% (Wikipedia). As for Tantawi, he took over from Mubarak as chairman of the SCAF. Not by election. So no turnout figures at all. Tamarod signatures aren't a myth at all. They are a brilliant example of direct democracy.
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Husni Mubarak
08-06-2014 09:32pm
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I notice that educated people are against Sissi
Ignorant, uneducated people constitute the bulk of the murderer's supporter.
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KJ
08-06-2014 05:49pm
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I like Sisi
Unlike my French friend, Zahra, sitting here with me, I think President Sisi will be good for Egypt. Egypt is facing very difficult challenges and it will require someone with strength and backing to fix them. Morsy didn't have the backing of the people as evidenced by all the leaders of the factions that came out against him. Egypt would have economically collapsed if President Sisi had not stepped in when he did.
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George Fadel, Egyptian Christian
08-06-2014 09:30pm
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The claim that millions demonstrated against Mursi was a myth
We all know by now that the whole thing was fabricated. This was evident in the few people who elected Sissi. According to reliable estimates, the size of election turnout didn't reach 10% of eligible voters, But we live in a culture based on lies and rumors and propaganda.
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Zahra
08-06-2014 05:40pm
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What a joke!
Ok, I am no Morsi fan but acting like this is a true peaceful transfer of power is a joke. Sisi deposed the actual elected president, then installed Mansour and then Mansour transferred power.
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Haim
08-06-2014 04:45pm
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President Sisi is a good friend
The people of Israel appreciate President Sisi’s war against anyone who wants Islam involved in politics. Israel appreciates a government in Egypt that cooperates with Israelis in security matters and will protect Israel’s interests in the Middle East. As long as Sisi is in charge of Egypt, Israelis will feel safe and secure. Thank you supporters of Sisi.
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Said Abdul Fattah
08-06-2014 09:25pm
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So why are Jewish religious groups are allowed to be involved in politics?
Why is it that only Muslims are not allowed to take part in Politics?
Masry
08-06-2014 08:02pm
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Keep trying sheep...
Egyptians have moved on. Pretending to be from the west or from Isreal won't work. Your days of manipulating Egyptians into believing you represent Islam are over. The days of manipulating Egyptians into thinking that those opposed to your retarded ideology are against Islam are over. Your comically disastrous year in power educated the people. They know your power hungry terrorists. That have burned and killed your country and countrymen for rejecting you. Thank you Elsisi for obeying the Egyptian people and removing thus dark spot in our history from power. Thank you Egypt for the peaceful transfer of power. Thank you Egyptians for hitting the streets and demanding that the ikhwan be removed from power and saving Egypt . Long live Egypt and long live elsisi
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