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Sisi declared Egypt's new president

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 01:50

June 4 - Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wins 96.91 percent in Egypt's presidential vote confirming interim results that gave him landslide victory. Sarah Toms reports.

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Supporters of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate victory at the polls. Egypt's elections commission says he won the presidency by more than 96 percent of the vote. Celebrations last through the night in Tahrir Square, the heart of a popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011. President Mohammed Morsi, who replaced Mubarak, was democratically elected and one of the few leaders not from the military. But two years later and many Egyptians gather at the Square to show support for Sisi, a former general. In his first speech since the election, he promises to restore stability. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT, ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI, SAYING: "Sons of the great Egyptian people, I address you. You have fulfilled your duties and now is the time for work that will transport our Egypt to a bright tomorrow and a better future. [The work] that will retain stability to this nation. [The work] that will be advanced and promoted to the level Egyptians truly deserve. The future is a white page. It's in our hands to fill it with bread, freedom, human dignity and social justice. If we are divided then we are at fault against our nation, ourselves and our children." But for his opponents there's not much to dance about. Sisi overthrew President Morsi last July after mass protests. He also oversaw a bloody purge of Morsi's Islamic Brotherhood in which more than 1,400 people were killed and thousands detained. Many Islamic groups boycotted the election and turnout was low -- less than half of eligible voters -- raising questions about Sisi's credibility. And there could be fireworks if he doesn't tackle the country's widening budget deficit, rampant corruption and high unemployment.

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Sisi declared Egypt's new president

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 01:50