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Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to take oath today

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a landslide victory last month but inherits a crippled economy and divided nation.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi won a landslide victory last month but inherits a crippled economy and divided nation. Picture: AFP

EGYPT - Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is due to take the oath of office today at Egypt's new president.

He won a landslide victory last month but he inherits a crippled economy and a divided nation.

He rose to prominence last July when, as military commander, al-Sisi led the coup that deposed Mohamed Morsi who won the 2011 presidential election.

A nation thirsting for stability voted overwhelmingly but in smaller numbers for al-Sisi last month.

He is promising an injection of investment in infrastructure to kick start the economy.

But he has to overcome the hatred of the millions of mostly Islamist compatriots following the deaths of more than 1 000 people in protests following Morsi's ousting.