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Ex-army chief Sisi to be sworn in as Egypt president

Published on Jun 8, 2014 10:54 AM
Egyptians chant slogans in Tahrir square as they arrive to celebrate former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's victory in the presidential vote in Cairo, June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is to be sworn in on Sunday as Egypt's new president, confirming the de facto status of head of state which he has already held for nearly a year.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Arab royals from the Gulf and African leaders are to attend the 0730 GMT (3.30pm Singapore time) inauguration at the Supreme Constitutional Court, state media said.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception at Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace.

Mr Sisi won the May 26-28 polls with 96.9 percent of the vote, in a crushing defeat for his only rival, leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, who walked away with only three percent of the vote.

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