Monday, June 9, 2014

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi Sworn In As New Egypt President

In this Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 file photo, newly-appointed Egyptian Minister of Defense, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi meets with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, unseen, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency, File)
Egypt's former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, winner by a landslide in last month's presidential election, was sworn into office Sunday nearly a year after he ousted the nation's first freely elected leader.

The retired field marshal called for unity and hard work, while vowing that there would be no reconciliation with those who took up arms against the government and Egyptians. That was a thinly veiled reference to supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist president el-Sissi removed last July, and Islamic militants waging attacks against the government.

"There will be reconciliation between the sons of our nation except those who had committed crimes against them or adopted violence," el-Sissi said. "There will be no acquiescence or laxity shown to those who resorted to violence."


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