Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on Sunday sworn in Egypt’s new president, vowing to rule the troubled nation in an inclusive manner and pulling the society back from chaos.
But the former military chief gave no indication that he would reconcile with the Muslim Brotherhood, which he removed from power nearly a year ago, Reuters reported.
In an inauguration that was met with cool reception from major Western powers that have been worried about a crackdown on dissent, Sisi said combating terrorism would be his top priority for now.
“As for those who shed the blood of the innocents, there will be no place for them in this path,” Sisi said in his first speech to the nation.
Last month’s election, which officials said Sisi won with 97 percent of the vote, followed three years of upheaval since a popular uprising ended 30 years of rule by Hosni Mubarak.
Security in Cairo was extra tight on Sunday, with armored personnel carriers and tanks positioned in strategic locations, Reuters said.
In its next phase, Egypt “will witness a total rise on both internal and external fronts, to compensate what we have missed and correct the mistakes of the past,” Sisi said in his speech, according to CNN.
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