Egyptian President swears in for third 6-year term

113

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt was sworn in for a third six-year term on Tuesday after being re-elected in a December vote in which he faced no serious challengers.

El-Sissi took the oath of office before parliament, which convened in the new administrative capital in the desert outside Cairo.

Egypt which has recently reached a deal with the IMF, grapples with an economic crisis, and has seen its dollar revenues from Suez Canal are decline compared to last year after attacks on ships by Yemen’s Houthis rebels in the Red Sea.

El-Sissi won 89.6% of the vote in the December election, with turnout of 66.8% more than 67 million registered voters.

He ran against three virtually unknown opponents.

The vote was overshadowed by the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza on Egypt’s eastern border, which has threatened to expand into wider regional turmoil.

El-Sissi overthrew democratically elected Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and proceeded to win his first election the following year.

He was re-elected in 2018, a year later, constitutional amendments, passed in a general referendum, added two years to el-Sissi’s second term, and allowed him to run for a third, six-year term.

Africanews/Hauwa M.

Comments are closed.