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Sisi to be sworn in as Egypt president

AFP | Sunday, Jun 8, 2014

Ninety-six per cent of voters, at least 21 million Egyptians, chose retired field marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as their president.

CAIRO - Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is to be sworn in Sunday as Egypt's new president, confirming the de facto status of head of state which he has already held for nearly a year.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Arab royals from the Gulf and African leaders are to attend the 0730 GMT inauguration at the Supreme Constitutional Court, state media said.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception at Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace.

Sisi won the May 26-28 polls with 96.9 per cent of the vote, in a crushing defeat for his only rival, leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, who walked away with only three per cent of the vote.

The lopsided victory came nearly a year after Sisi toppled president Mohamed Morsi, winning kudos from many Egyptians who had demanded an end to the Islamist's turbulent one-year rule.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, crushed by a massive crackdown, boycotted the vote.

Sisi's main challenges will be to restore stability and revive the economy after three years of turmoil, following a 2011 uprising that ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak.

The retired field marshal called on Egyptians to "work to return security to this nation," in a television address after his victory was announced Tuesday.

"The future is a blank page, and it is in our hands to fill with what we want... bread, freedom, human dignity, social justice," he said.

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