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Egypt's El-Sissi sworn in as president

Egypt's El-Sissi Sworn In As President

Former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is officially Egypt's new president.

He took his oath of office on live TV - calling on Egyptians to return security to the nation. The BBC notes his words come after political chaos inside Egypt.

RT reports last summer, el-Sissi led the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi - Egypt's first democratically-elected president. El-Sissi's role in the uprising helped launch him into the national spotlight.

Euronews notes to his supporters, he's the strong leader the country needs to restore security. But to his detractors, he represents a return to authoritarian rule.

Over the past year as army chief, el-Sissi presided over a crackdown on Morsi's supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt has now branded the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, detained thousands of members and sentenced more than 1,000 to death. (Via RT, MSNBC, NBC)

So it was no surprise that the Brotherhood boycotted last month's elections. CCTV reports even though el-Sissi won by a landslide victory, less than half of the electorate went to the polls.

At 47 percent voter turnout, it was far short of what he needed to claim a mandate - raising questions of whether Egypt's new leader can deliver on a number of promises, including putting down an Islamist insurgency and stabilizing the economy after three years of political turmoil.

The BBC reports, if el-Sissi can't deliver in the next two years, he could face the same backlash and mass revolts that he predecessors did.

The White House has said it is looking forward to working with el-Sissi while at the same time expressing concern about the political environment in Egypt.

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hotelsierraone June 08 2014 at 11:44 AM

It ASTOUNDS me that Liberals and Liberal Media say things like: "but people are in prison" ...
Wow.
How naive and unrealistic can any (alleged) adult get? These MUST be the children of the Flower-Children / "Hippies" who honestly believed in NOTHING but Love, Dope, Free Love, more dope, demonstrations, hating any and all authority and organization, baths, haircuts and... dope.

Any of you Liberals out there realize the POPULATION PERCENTAGE that have been in prison or, who are in prison in the United States? Now COMPARE to Egypt Liberal Radicals...

PRISONERS PER 100K POPULATION:

EGYPT 76
MYANMAR 113
CHINA 124
IRAQ 139
ENGLAND 148
UNITED
STATES 707

So, Libs.... WHERE is the REAL PROBLEM according to FACTS?? Liberals don't like FACTS.

Why did you START your (cute name) "Arab Spring" if you didn't know how to finish the job?

Unbelievable Liberal Radicals DOMINATE the media and destroy everything they touch, whole countries

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moochelleboochelle June 08 2014 at 11:36 AM

HUSSEIN OBAMA WILL HAVE PLENTY OF ADVICE FOR HIM...

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lv2213frs June 08 2014 at 12:21 PM

The fact that he has designated the Brotherhood as terrorists and sentenced more than 1,000 to death is proof that Egypt will move forward - not backwards as they did under Morsi. I look forward to the day when I can visit Egypt again. Hope it is soon.

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magus47 June 08 2014 at 1:24 PM

Wait a minute. Isn't El Sissi the nickname of OUR president?

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PERFORATOR June 08 2014 at 11:50 AM

There's a coincidence, Egypt has El-sissi and we have a mom jeans wearing spineless sissy. Go figure!

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silkroadg June 08 2014 at 12:44 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmm.........."el-SISSI"??????? What a great name and a perfect BRO to Mr. Obama the US' very own EL-LIAR!!! You haters and criticizers of this milestone in the ARAB SPRING are just blaming liberals unfaily. You KNOW everything bad is BUSHES FAULT and never NEVER forget.......ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF PEACE........

oh and that MOOCHELLE is both beautitul AND the "BLACK Jackie" but by the token of Mr. Obama's cute little lipstick on a pig joke, it is clear to see YOU CAN PUT A DRESS ON A GORILLA AND ITS STILL A GORILLA!!!

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Liza silkroadg June 08 2014 at 6:25 PM

flagged you for being anencephalic, and somehow racist at the same time.

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Madeline June 08 2014 at 11:08 AM

So "authoritarian" (maybe in varying degrees??) and at the other end we have U.S. type freedom. At this time, in the U.S., it's anything you can pull off, in every field (notably the government) with the previous checks and balances under siege at best, and not existing at worst. Interesting times.

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MIKEY'S SCREEN Madeline June 08 2014 at 2:30 PM

That's the point!

"Freedom" is NOT FREE!

SOMEBODY has to pay for that freedom, whether is be fighting in combat or supporting the troops back home.

People die everyday. However, it's how they live their lives and move forward that counts. The Egyptians, being one of the most educated countires in the Middle East, voted for Morsi because they were jubilant that their previous dictator was finally removed.

However, the people found out real fast that Mrsi only supported his organization...The Muslim Brotherhood, and wanted to move Egypt BACK to the 13th and 14th centuries.

Like I said....Freedmom is achieved by how you moive forward, not backwards.

Have lived in Egypt for over thirty years

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LA is Best June 08 2014 at 1:58 PM

That's kinda funny, Egypt elects Sissi as their president and the USA already has a president that is a sissy!!

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ronnybrume June 08 2014 at 11:10 AM

Leading a Muslim nation isn't for "Sissi-es"

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lucitee ronnybrume June 08 2014 at 4:18 PM

And leading a Nation that is quickly BECOMING one IS?

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quincy_maxwell June 08 2014 at 11:00 AM

If he were French, would he be called: Les Sissi ?
( Sorry, couldn't resist ) . :))

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James Zucco quincy_maxwell June 08 2014 at 5:52 PM

OR OUR PRESIDENT LE SOCIALIST!!

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