CAIRO, June 8 – Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took the oath of office as Egypt’s president on Sunday after a landslide election victory following the ouster of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi last year.
The retired field marshal took the oath in a ceremony at the Constitutional Court broadcast live on television, almost a year since he overthrew Morsi and unleashed a crackdown on his Islamist followers.
“I swear by almighty God to preserve the republican system, and to respect the constitution and the law and to care for the interests of the people; and to preserve the independence of the nation and its territorial integrity,” Sisi said.
He then left the heavily guarded court, where dozens of flag-waving supporters had assembled. He will later attend a reception at a presidential palace in the presence of foreign dignitaries.