3 June 2014

Egypt's Sisi Gives First Speech After Landslide Victory

Photo: Cui Xinyu/Xinhua
A girl waves Egypt's national flag during a rally to celebrate the presidential election on the Tahrir Square in Cairo May 28, 2014.

Cairo — Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that it is time to work and rise for a bright future, in his victory speech on Tuesday after he won the country's presidential elections with 96.91 percent of the vote.

The newly-elected president added that he appreciated the stance of his losing rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, "He provided an opportunity for a serious competition."

Final results show that 23,780,104 have voted for Sisi.

"The future is a white page and it is in our hands to fill it with what we want; bread, freedom and social justice," Sisi addressed the people in his speech, which was aired on state television.

"If we cooperate, we will attain for our nation and our children the pride and dignity that we hope for," he added.

"I trust your awareness of the risks faced by the nation and I trust in God to keep Egypt."

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