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

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Jun 2014

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

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)

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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