Egypt’s Sisi sworn in for se­cond term

I swear to pro­tect the repub­li­can sys­tem, to re­spect the con­sti­tu­tion and the law, to safe­guard the peo­ple’s in­ter­ests, and to pre­serve the in­de­pen­dence of the na­tion and the unity of lands”

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CAIRO — Pres­i­dent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in on Satur­day as the Pres­i­dent of Egypt for a se­cond term un­til 2022, state-run Nile TV re­ported.

In a cer­e­mony held in the par­lia­ment, Sisi took the oath as pres­i­dent with the words “I swear to pro­tect the repub­li­can sys­tem, to re­spect the con­sti­tu­tion and the law, to safe­guard the peo­ple’s in­ter­ests, and to pre­serve the in­de­pen­dence of the na­tion and the unity of lands”.

Air force fighter planes drew the Egyp­tian flag across the sky in red, white and black smoke, while he­li­copters buzzed over the for­mer mil­i­tary chief’s mo­tor­cade as he ap­proached par­lia­ment early on Satur­day.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by cab­i­net mem­bers, top se­cu­rity of­fi­cials, Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ah­mad el-Tayyeb, Cop­tic Or­tho­dox Pope Tawadros II, and Grand Mufti Shawki Al­lam.

Ahead of the speech, the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony started with the na­tional an­them and a cel­e­bra­tory 21-gun salute.

“We man­aged to cross very dif­fi­cult stage to­ward a fu­ture with more sta­bil­ity,” the pres­i­dent said af­ter tak­ing the oath.

Af­ter fo­cus­ing on the ecoat­ing nomic re­forms in his first term, Sisi added he will give the pri­or­ity in the com­ing four years to health and ed­u­ca­tion is­sues.

“Ed­u­ca­tion, health and cul­tural is­sues will top my pri­or­i­ties through launch­ing a num­ber of na­tional mega projects and pro­grams aim­ing at im­prov­ing the liv­ing stan­dards of the Egyp­tian ci­ti­zens,” the pres­i­dent said.

“Lead­ing a coun­try like Egypt is re­ally great and dif­fi­cult,” he added in his speech to the na­tion.

The pres­i­dent re­it­er­ated that “Egypt will carry on its ef­forts for pro­mot­ing the in­ter­na­tional ties in light of part­ner­ships”.

“The Egyp­tian state will con­stantly boost its bal­anced re­la­tions with all re­gional and in­ter­na­tional par­ties, within the frame­work of part­ner­ship and ex­change of in­ter­ests,” he said.

‘Com­mon ground’

Re­fer­ring to the dif­fer­ent seg­ments and re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tions in Egypt, Pres­i­dent Sisi said that “ac­cep­tance and cre­ex­cept Pres­i­dent Egyp­tian a com­mon ground among us will be my top pri­or­ity in or­der to at­tain con­sis­tence, so­cial peace as well as po­lit­i­cal devel­op­ment”.

“I am a pres­i­dent for all Egyp­tians, those who agree with me and oth­ers who do not,” he added.

“I will not ex­clude any­one from this com­mon space

REUTERS

Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks at his swearingin of the se­cond pres­i­den­tial term in Cairo on Satur­day.

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