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New Egyptian President Takes Office

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:36:05 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO, Egypt) -- In what was essentially a formality, former Egyptian military strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in Sunday as president just days after romping to victory in a national election.

Since Sisi led the takeover of the government 11 months ago by imprisoning then-President Mohamed Morsi, he has been Egypt's de facto leader, pulling the strings of a puppet regime until he was elected president.

Sisi vowed Sunday that Egypt would become a country "where each party listens to the other with impartiality, where we disagree for the sake of our homeland and not over it, where our differences are enriching and diversifying, and bestowing the spirit of cooperation and love on our shared patriotic labors."

However, that would mean a dramatic shift from what currently exists in Egypt as Sisi ordered the complete marginalization of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood bloc and no tolerance for any public dissent whatsoever.

Furthermore, the man Sisi replaces, interim President Adly Mansour, will move to head up the constitutional court, meaning the new leader also has the courts in his pocket.

Mansour, before leaving office last week, also issued a law governing Parliament, which puts Egypt's legislature squarely in Sisi's corner.

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