Celebrations in Cairo went long into the night after the swearing-in of former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi yesterday as president, the Euro News website reports today (June 9, 2014).
There was a low-key attendance by Western allies. They are more concerned that a crackdown of the Islamist Military Brotherhood movement might be extended to all forms of opposition.
But that was not worrying al-Sisi's supporters in Tahrir Square last night.
"Egypt would otherwise be lost without al-Sisi, said a supporter. "I thank him a lot, and I am very happy, because he stood against the aggression and saved Egypt." The new president has a long to-do list starting with Egypt's economy.