President Sisi swears in for third presidential term at Egypt's new capital - as it happened

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Apr 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi took his oath for a third presidential term at the New Administrative Capital on Tuesday in the presence of high-level state officials and parliament members.

A still photo showing President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi signs the guestbook of the memorial monument at the People’s Square after placing a wreath of flowers on the memorial in the New Administration Capital on Tuesday.


El-Sisi, whose second presidential term ends on Tuesday 2 April, was re-elected for a new term in December 2023, receiving over 39.7 million votes, representing 89.6 percent of eligible votes cast.

The president is scheduled to commence his official duties from the Presidential Palace in the new capital after taking the constitutional oath and completing his inauguration ceremony for a third term, which commences on 3 April.

12:20 During the ceremony, military aircraft painted the sky with red, white, and black - the colours of Egypt's flag - in a captivating spectacle.

The sky harmonized with attendees waving Egyptian flags at the People's Square in the New Administrative Capital to the tunes of patriotic songs played by military bands.

Cannons also fired numerous rounds in celebration of the event.


12:12 President El-Sisi arrived at the People’s Square in the new capital.

The president reviewed the honour guard as the national anthem played.

He placed a wreath of flowers on the memorial monument and signed the guestbook.

The People's Square is located to the right of the executive branch headquarters (the Governmental District) and the left of the legislative branch (the House of Representatives and the Senate), with the Presidential Palace also nearby.

The square features the world’s tallest flagpole in its centre, reaching a height of 201.9m, according to the Guinness World Records.

The memorial monument is located at the square corner opposite the Presidential Palace.

It is designed with a Pharaonic style in terms of columns and decorations.

The monument also comprises two arches, one eastern and one western.

Each arch consists of 42 circular columns - 21 front and 21 rear - designed as a lotus flower and bearing the 99 names of God Almighty.

It also comprises 34 square columns -17 front and 17 rear -inscribed with the names of Egyptian martyrs.


11:50 Speaker of the House of Representatives Hanafy El-Gebaly concluded the parliament session following President El-Sisi's oath-taking.

11:37 President El-Sisi delivered a speech after taking the oath, thanking the Egyptian people for entrusting him with another presidential term.

“I reaffirm my commitment to continuing the journey of nation-building and fulfilling the aspirations of the esteemed Egyptian people in building a modern democratic state that excels in science, industry, urban development, agriculture, literature, and the arts.”

During his speech, El-Sisi outlined the objectives of national work for his new term, encompassing politics, foreign affairs, economic reforms, social protection, and urban development.

He pledged to continue strengthening well-balanced relations with all nations to allow Egypt to maintain its role in promoting global peace, security, and development.

Additionally, he vowed to deepen national dialogue and implement its recommendations to foster political and democratic participation, especially among the youth.

El-Sisi emphasized his commitment to adopting strategies that maximize Egypt's economic resources and capabilities.

Moreover, he stated that the state would embark on comprehensive institutional reforms to ensure financial discipline and achieve effective governance.


11:29 Speaker of the House of Representatives Hanafy El-Gebaly delivered a speech in parliament, stating that this day "marks a milestone in the New Republic."

He emphasized the unprecedented turnout of people at the ballot boxes during the presidential elections to re-elect El-Sisi.

11:27 President El-Sisi takes the presidential oath at the new parliament, pledging: “I swear by Almighty God to faithfully uphold the republican system, respect the constitution and the law, fully uphold the interests of the people, and safeguard the independence and territorial integrity of the nation.”

11:20 Speaker of the House of Representatives Hanafy El-Gebaly commenced the parliamentary session at the new capital in preparation for the swearing-in ceremony. All members of the House of Representatives are attending the session, which also witness the official opening of the new parliament headquarters.


11:00 President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived at the New Administrative Capital, where he will be sworn in as president for a new six-year term.

Speaker of the House of Representatives El-Gebaly received El-Sisi Upon his arrival at the new capital where the national anthem was played. 

State officials, including Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Head of the General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel, and Speaker of the Senate Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek are attending the event.

Also present are the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb and Pope Tawadros II, the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

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