Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi takes the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony as Egypt's new president at the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, June 8, 2014 in this still image taken from video. REUTERS/Egyptian State Television
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Former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president of Egypt on Sunday in a ceremony with low-key attendance by Western allies concerned by a crackdown on dissent since he ousted Islamist leader Mohammad Morsi last year.Last month's election, which officials said Sisi won with 97 percent of the vote, followed three years of upheaval since a popular uprising ended 30 years of rule by former air force commander Hosni Mubarak. Near Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of the revolt against Mubarak where protesters now rarely tread, young men sold t-shirts with the image of Sisi in his trademark dark sunglasses.After Sisi deposed him and became Egypt's de facto ruler, security forces mounted one of the toughest crackdowns on the Brotherhood in its 86-year history.Sisi, the chief of military intelligence under Mubarak, has Egypt's barren landscape on his side.Only one other candidate contested the presidential election. The military is unlikely to turn against Sisi unless mass street protests erupt.
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