Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi delivers a speech before parliament– press photo
CAIRO – 2 June 2018: Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, will be officially sworn in on Saturday morning as the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt for a second term until 2022.
In a large ceremony held in the parliament, Sisi took the oath as president with the words: "I swear by God to protect the republican system, to respect the constitution and the law, to safeguard the people's interests, and to preserve the independence of the nation and the unity of its lands."
The event is the first of its kind in the Egyptian Parliament since former President Hosni Mubarak took the oath in 2005. Sisi’s first oath was performed at the Constitutional Court in 2014.
According to the 2014 constitution, the newly elected president must take the oath before a special session of parliament before his presidential term officially starts.
Egypt was a monarchy until June 1953 when the 1952 Revolution established the new republican regime. General Mohamed Naguib was the first president of Egypt. He was sworn in to office in front of the Cabinet and members of the Revolution Command Council.
In June 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser took the oath as Egypt's second president in front of the Cabinet in a ceremony at the Police Club. In 1957, Nasser took the same oath in front of the parliament, to become the first president to make this tradition before the people’s representatives council.
In October 1970, President Anwar al-Sadat was also sworn in before the parliament as Egypt's third president.
Following al-Sadat's assassination, Hosni Mubarak became Egypt's fourth president, and took the oath before the parliament in October 1981.
The last presidential inauguration held at Egypt’s parliament was in 2005, when Mubarak was sworn in as president for a fifth and last time after winning the country’s first multi-candidate presidential elections.