Egyptian President Sisi sworn in for third term

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in Tuesday for his third term as leader of the Arab world's most populous nation, in the country's new $58bn administrative capital in the desert east of Cairo.

In power for the past decade, the 69-year-old former army chief will remain as president until 2030.

Speaking in front of parliamentarians, Sisi vowed to "remain faithful to my work, my eyes seeing only your interests and this country's".

As Egypt has battled a deep economic crisis with the help of billions in overseas loans and investments, he pledged "to realise the aspirations of the Egyptian nation to build a modern, democratic state".

Sisi won last December's election with 89.6 percent of the vote against three relative unknowns, after opposition challengers were sidelined or jailed.

This six-year term is set to be his last, unless he again ushers through a constitutional amendment prolonging his tenure.

A former defence minister, Sisi rose to power on the back of mass protests against Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, who was deposed in 2013.

Sisi was first elected president the following year, then again in 2018, both times with around 97 percent of the vote.

(with newswires)

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