New Egyptian leader sworn in
Radio New Zealand
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.
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.