CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi took the oath of office Sunday, a national holiday for most Egyptians, after being announced the winner of the presidential election last week with over 96 percent of votes.
Here are the live updates:
14:20- Sisi and Mansour sign official transfer of power.
14:20- Sisi says Mansour a “patient, wise president” who loved the homeland.
14:15- Sisi thanks Saudi king for calling for donor conference.
14:10- Sisi begins his inaugural speech: “It is a great honor to be the president of Egypt.”
14:10- Mansour speech: Egypt cannot be broken as God gave it a conscious people.
14:05- Mansour to Sisi: the Egyptians chose you in free and integral elections, trusting your patriotic role in preserving the homeland
14:05- Mansour speech: After a year of ruling Egypt, I transfer the country to Egypt’s new president.
13:15- Artillery at Ithadeya fire gun salute to welcome Sisi.
12:50- Military helicopter drops Egyptian flags over celebrating crowds in Tahrir Square, reports Youm7.
12:40- Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi a cable of congratulations on the presidential oath, according to Qatar News Agency.
11:45- Sisi arrives at Ithadeya palace.
11:45- Prime Minister Mahlab, Pope Tawadros II, Al-Azhar Sheikh arrive to Ithadeya presidential palace to witness power transfer to Sisi.
11:30- Sisi supporters celebrate in front of the Constitutional Court.
11:20- President Sisi departs oath room, expected to head to Ithadeya presidential palace.
11:15: Sisi recites oath of office: “I swear to protect the republic , to respect the constitution and the law, to fully safeguard the peoples’ interests, and to safeguard the state’s independence and territorial integrity.”
11:10- “June 30 is a revolution of people’s feelings, it is not a coup,” says Samy.
11:05- Constitutional Court chairperson Maher Samysays today an “immortal day” for Egypt as Sisi is inaugurated
11:00- Oath ceremony begins with recitation of Quran verses.
10:45- Sisi enters oath room.
10: 14 – Sisi arrives at Constitutional Court in Maadi.
10:00- Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and other court members arrive at Constitutional Court.
9:45- Nile corniche closed to traffic by Constitutional Court in Maadi.