UAE says Sisi represents 'new hope' for Egypt

DOHA Sat May 31, 2014 4:52am EDT

Supporters of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold a poster of him as they celebrate at Tahrir square in Cairo May 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Supporters of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold a poster of him as they celebrate at Tahrir square in Cairo May 28, 2014.

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DOHA (Reuters) - A UAE minister said the election of former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as Egypt's president represented "new hope" for the most populous Arab country.

The wealthy UAE is one of the main supporters of the government in Egypt and has showered it with aid since its military ousted elected Islamist president Mohammed Mursi last year.

"We all need to support Egypt as a nation and its people ... Egypt and its people are dear to us," said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash Gargash on Twitter.

Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election on Thursday. His country is suffering from corruption, high unemployment and a widening budget deficit.

"The challenges are great and the expectations are huge, but the moment that we see today is the most hope-filled for three years," said Gargash.

(Reporting by Amena Bakr; editing by Andrew Roche)

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