June 8 - Retired army commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is sworn in as Egypt's new president. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Cheers for Egypt's new president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, in Cairo's Tahrir square.
Sisi was sworn-in at the Constitutional Court Sunday, after winning the election with 97 percent of the vote last month.
(SOUNDBITE) EGYPT'S NEW PRESIDENT, ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI, SAYING:
"In the name of God I swear that I will be loyal to the republican system and will respect the constitution, take care of the nation and maintain the nation's independence, its unity and security."
These Egyptians watched the inauguration from a cafe.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CAFE VISITOR, SULTAN, SAYING:
"I swear this is happiness, for us and for all Arabs. This represents all Arabs. He will solve a lot, God willing."
Sisi now faces staggering challenges in a country where street demonstrations have helped to topple two leaders in three years.
After the inauguration, people celebrated on the streets of Cairo.
One woman says she hopes Sisi will lead Egypt down a prosperous path.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF THE CROWD, SANAA DIAB, SAYING:
"I pray to God that he is a good and just man. I want him to care for our youth and our country and protect us. He is a slave to God as we all are and I pray to God that he is a good man."
Sisi's first priority will most likely be the economy.
Years of political upheaval have kept both tourists and investors away.
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