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New Egyptian leader sworn in

June 8, 2014 6:23 pm

Former army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has been sworn in as Egypt’s new president after winning elections in May by a landslide.

Security forces were deployed at key locations around the capital Cairo ahead of the ceremony at the Supreme Constitutional Court.

The retired field marshal overthrew President Mohammed Morsi last July.

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He has since been pursuing a crackdown on Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which urged a boycott of the elections.

Liberal and secular activists, including the 6 April youth movement which was prominent in the 2011 revolution that ousted long-serving President Hosni Mubarak, also shunned the 26-28 May poll in protest at the curtailing of civil rights.

Mr Sisi, 59, secured 96.9 percent of the vote and his sole challenger, left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi, received only 3.1 percent, according to the official results.

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