Sisi to be sworn in as president on Sunday
Sisi won the presidential election with 96% of the vote. (AFP/File)
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Egypt’s former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be sworn in as president on Sunday, June 8, the country’s state media report.
On Wednesday, state news agency MENA said Sisi would be sworn in before the general assembly of the Supreme Constitutional Court.
According to the statement, interim president Adly Mansour, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and his cabinet, al-Azhar, Coptic Pope Tawadros II, and other political and public figures will attend the ceremony.
The announcement comes a week after polls for the country’s three-day presidential election closed on May 28.
On June 3, Sisi was officially declared as president after Egypt’s electoral commission said that he had won 96.91 percent of the vote.
The election came nearly one year after Sisi led the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013.
Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement and pro-democracy groups boycotted the election, a move that apparently led to a lower turnout than the election that brought Morsi to power in 2012.
The army’s crackdown on supporters of Morsi have left over 1,400 people dead and thousands jailed. Hundreds of Morsi supporters have also been sentenced to death.
Sisi’s presidency places Egypt back in the hands of a top military official just three years after a popular uprising against Mubarak, an air force officer who ruled the North African country for nearly three decades.