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Egypt’s President al-Sissi sworn in for third term

Mr al-Sissi said Egypt had faced challenges of unmatched magnitude and intensity in recent years throughout its modern history.

• April 2, 2024
Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi (Credit: The Times of Israel)
Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi (Credit: The Times of Israel)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi was sworn in for a third term on Tuesday before parliament in a ceremony held at the new administrative capital east of Cairo.

Mr Al-Sissi, who has been in power since 2014, secured another six years in office after receiving about 90 per cent of the vote in a December election.

The war in Gaza overshadowed the election and a severe domestic economic crisis.

Addressing parliament in a televised address, Mr al-Sissi said Egypt had faced challenges of unmatched magnitude and intensity in recent years throughout its modern history.

He said the challenges were due to internal destabilising attempts, global crises, and fierce international and regional wars.

The president vowed to continue reforms and prioritise “protecting Egypt’s national security amid a turbulent regional and international environment.”

The new administrative capital, launched in 2015, is the flagship construction scheme in a string of mega-projects undertaken by Mr al-Sissi.

Many have blamed such projects for the economic crisis that hit Egypt in the past two years.

In 2013, the army led by al-Sissi deposed Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s democratically elected but divisive Islamist president.

The general-turned-president’s backers see him as a guarantor of stability amid regional turmoil.

His critics blame him for the deteriorating economic situation and lack of freedom.

Since he came to power, thousands of secular activists and Islamists have been imprisoned or forced into exile, and his loyalists have mostly controlled the media scene.

In recent months, the government released dozens of detained dissidents. 

(dpa/NAN)

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