Tight security ahead of El-Sisi's swearing-in on Sunday

Ahram Online, Saturday 7 Jun 2014

Around 15 world leaders are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony

File Photo: Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court building in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Security forces have been deployed at key locations around the capital on Saturday as the country awaits the inauguration of President-Elect Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday. 

El-Sisi will take his oath in the morning at the Supreme Constitutional Court, located on Maadi’s Corniche El-Nil road. The ceremony will be broadcast live and will include a speech by the court's charge d'affaires, Anwar Rashad El-Asy, and the court's spokesman Maher Samy.

Roads leading to Tahrir Square have been blocked off with barbed wire to prevent cars passing through the central thoroughfare.

Army troops have also been stationed in many locations, with Tahrir expected to witness mass celebrations and a concert on Sunday. Six tanks have also been deployed in front of the nearby Egyptian Museum.

According to media reports, Maadi's Corniche El-Nil road, where the Supreme Constituional Court is located, will be closed from 8.30am until noon.

The swearing-in ceremony will be attended by at least 45 Arab and International figures, including 15 world leaders, Al-Ahram's Arabic website reported.

The ceremony will be followed by an inauguration gala event at the presidential palace in Heliopolis.

Celebrations will also take place in the vicinity of the palace.

El-Sisi, the former minister of defense, won a landslide in the May presidential election, gaining almost 97 percent of the vote.

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