Al-Sisi Sworn In, Hailed as Egyptian Hero who listened to the People’s Hearts, Burning from Anger
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president of Egypt Sunday morning, taking over the office from senior judge Adly Mansour who reportedly plans to return to the Constitutional Court. Al-Sisi’s oath to Egypt and its people was brief but he sent an unequivocal message from an Egypt that reasserts its position as key African and Arab power, to the powers behind the attempt to destabilize the country.
Mansour and al-Sisi stood side by side as key figures behind the people-powered ouster of Mohammed Morsi in June 2013, after a record 14 million took to the streets and demanded that a defiant Morsi either resign or discuss his suspension of the Judiciary and Parliament, and the subsequent changes to Egypt’s Constitution and election laws that made it virtually impossible for any other than Islamic parties to register for elections.
On Sunday Mansour and al-Sisi stood side by side at al-Sisi’s inauguration. The list of international dignitaries was an unequivocal message to those powers who stood and stand behind the attempt to destabilize the North African country with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood and Takfiri radicals that began with the so-called Arab Spring in 2011 and culminated in the Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in murdering hundreds of its own supporters, attempting to blame the military.
In August 2013, al-Sisi made a statement that asserted that Egypt was regaining its foothold despite western, Turkish and Qatari condemnation of the violence they engineered when he said “the U.S. Stabbed us in the back with the Ikhwan”.
The U.S. however, was invited and participated in al-Sisi’s inauguration, along with dignitaries from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq and Palestine, in addition to Iran, Ethiopia, France, Britain, and Russia, as reported by The Cairo Post.
Also present were delegates of the African Union and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. Turkey and Qatar were not invited due to their role in the attempted destabilization of the country.
The inauguration began at 10:55, after Adly Mansour led Abdel Fattah al-Sisi into the hall of the Constitutional Court. The ceremony was initiated with the national anthem, a prayer and a short ceremony. Al-Sisi pledged:
“I swear by God to protect the republican system, to represent the constitution and the law, to safeguard the people’s interest, and to preserve the independence of the nation and the unity of its lands”.
Al-Sisi’ oath was lauded by the constitutional judges. The head of Egypt’s constitutional Court, Maher Sami greeted al-Sisi welcome to the presidency, describing him as a rebel soldier who symbolized the reawakening of Egypt after three years of turmoil and as a revolutionary.
Sami hailed the Egyptian Army and Sisi for having listened to the heartbeats of the Egyptian people who were burning with anger.
Western media largely reported about the inauguration, focusing on “the coup against Morsi” omitting core NATO members’ machinations and destabilization.Western media also omitted the 14 million Egyptians who had taken to the street in what, arguably, was the world’s largest mass protest ever.Also omitted was the Muslim Brotherhood’s abuse of Egypt’s democratic institutions to seize power and oppress a legitimate opposition by making it impossible for them to register for elections. What is barely mentioned was that al-Sisi won the presidency with 96% of the votes.
Ch/L – nsnbc 08.06.2014