Egypt’s new president sworn in, vows to ‘correct past mistakes’

Ex-army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to to tackle “terrorism” and bring security, after being sworn in as Egypt’s new president.

He said his election after a landslide win in May was “a historic moment”, and pledged no reconciliation with those who had “committed violence”.

The retired field marshal overthrew President Mohammed Morsi last July.

He has since been pursuing a crackdown on Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which urged a boycott of the elections.

Liberal and secular activists, including the 6 April youth movement which was prominent in the 2011 revolution that ousted long-serving President Hosni Mubarak, also shunned the 26-28 May poll in protest at the curtailing of civil rights.

Mr Sisi, 59, made no mention directly of the Muslim Brotherhood in a speech at a Cairo presidential palace late on Sunday.

But he said there would be no reconciliation with anyone who had “blood on their hands”.

He said: “Defeating terrorism and achieving security is the top priority in our coming phase.

“There will be no acquiescence or laxity shown to those who resorted to violence.” BBC

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