El-Sisi sworn in as Egypt president

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Jun 2014

Former field marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi takes the presidential oath in front of judges the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
In this image released by the Middle East State News Agency, newly sworn in President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, takes his oath at the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 8, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has been sworn in as the eighth president of Egypt at a ceremony in Cairo.

He took the presidential oath at the Supreme Constitutional Court at an event attended by former interim president Adly Mansour, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayib and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawdaros II.

The ceremony started with verses from the Quran followed by short speeches by head of the constituitional court Maher Samy and its charges d'affaires Anwar Assay.

The inauguration will continue on Sunday afternoon with ceremonies at the Ittihadiya and El-Kobbeh presidential palaces, which will be attended by foreign representatives and Egyptian public figures.

The former army chief won a landslide in the 26-28 May presidential election, gaining almost 97 percent of the vote.

Mohamed Morsi was the first Egyptian president to be sworn in at the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Morsi, who was ousted by the army amid mass protests in July 2013, swore the presidential oath in Tahrir Square among thousands of supporters, then at the court and finally at a ceremony attended by public figures and foreign guests at Cairo University.

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