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Egypt's Sisi sworn in for second term with vow to
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been sworn in for a second term as Egypt's president with a vow to fight
"those who choose violence, terrorism and extremism".
Fighter jets flew overhead and there was a 21-gun salute as Mr Sisi took his oath in parliament.
Mr Sisi won 97% of the vote in March but on a turnout of just 41% and with his only opponent a Sisi
Supporters say he has brought much-needed stability, opponents that he has stifled democracy
Egyptian air force fighter planes flew overhead releasing smoke in the colours of the national flag
as Mr Sisi, 63, approached parliament in his motorcade.
After taking the oath of office he said in his speech he wanted to create a "common space" for
Egyptians and that only those "who chose violence, terrorism and extremist thought as a way to
impose their will" would be excluded.
|Mr Sisi addresses parliament, acknowledging "economic, social and political challenges"
|The president has faced a series of jihadist attacks that have killed hundreds of military personnel
and civilians, many of them in the northern Sinai peninsula.
Mr Sisi also said: "Together we face economic, social and political challenges and their negative
effects on all aspects of life."
Although GDP has risen in the past year, economic recovery remains fragile and cuts to subsidies
have proved unpopular. Egypt took a $12bn (£9bn) IMF loan in December 2016.
The retired field marshal led the military's overthrow of Egypt's first democratically elected
president, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013 following protests against his rule.
Since then, he has overseen what human rights groups say is an unprecedented crackdown on
dissent that has led to the detention of tens of thousands of people.
Activists have accused Mr Sisi of carrying out a wave of arrests targeting opponents since the
They say dozens of people have been detained on charges including spreading fake news and
belonging to illegal groups. One arrested last week was the activist and blogger Wael Abbas.