CAIRO - Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in as president for a four-year term Sunday, taking the reins of power in a nation roiled since 2011 by deadly unrest and economic woes.
El-Sissi's inauguration came less than a year after the 59-year-old career infantry officer ousted the country's first freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, following days of mass protests by Egyptians demanding he step down.
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El-Sissi took the oath of office before the Supreme Constitutional Court at the tribunal's Nile-side headquarters in a suburb south of Cairo, the same venue where Morsi, now on trial for charges that carry the death penalty, was sworn in two years ago.
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An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows ex-army chief and newly elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday.
Sunday was declared a national holiday and tight security was enforced by the police and military throughout Cairo.
The Associated Press
First published June 8 2014, 1:41 AM