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