Egypt’s Sisi sworn in for second term after landslide election victory

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi speaks during "5th National Youth Congress" in a session. (File photo: Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in on Saturday for a second four-year term in office during a special parliament session broadcast live on state television.

Sisi took the oath in a packed house and in front of members of his government, after winning 97 percent of valid votes in the March presidential election.

Fighter jets drew an Egyptian flag in the sky above Cairo while military helicopters flew over the capital's center as the president made his way to parliament -- where he was greeted with a 21-gun salute.

Sisi won his first term in 2014 with an overwhelming majority of the vote.

He faced no serious competition in his run for re-election.

His only opponent, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, was relatively unknown and a fervent Sisi supporter himself.

Seven years after the January 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak's regime, Sisi will have two major challenges to tackle in his second term: security and economic recovery.



 

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