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Egypt's former military chief sworn in as president

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Abdel Fattah El-Sisi took the oath of office for a four-year term. (Source: Al masriya TV/CNN) Abdel Fattah El-Sisi took the oath of office for a four-year term. (Source: Al masriya TV/CNN)

(CNN) - Egypt's former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in Sunday after he won 96 percent of the vote in last month's presidential election.

El-Sisi took the oath of office for a four-year term.

After the ceremony in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court's General Assembly in Cairo, he got a 21-gun salute followed by the national anthem.

El-Sisi was officially declared the winner of the presidential election last week, prompting a boisterous celebration in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Fireworks erupted as vendors sold Egyptian flags and balloons marked with his face. Military and security personnel watched from the edges as crowds danced and sang.

The United States said it was looking forward to working with el-Sisi "to advance our strategic partnership and the many interests shared by the United States and Egypt," the White House press secretary said in a statement last week.

The election was called amid months of political turbulence that saw Mohamed Morsy - the country's first democratically elected President after the ouster of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak - removed from power in a July military coup.

El-Sisi, who was army chief at the time, stepped down from his military post this year to run for president.

The White House said while it is pleased that international observers were allowed to participate in the election, "we also share concerns raised by observation groups about the restrictive political environment in which this election took place."

"As Egypt looks toward parliamentary elections later this year, we urge the government to consider the recommendations of the observer groups on ways to improve the administration of future elections," the White House said.

His sole opponent, Hamdeen Sabahy, received 3.9 precent of the vote, the country's election commission said. Though Sabahy conceded defeat, he didn't embrace the process.

Allegations were made that Sabahy campaign representatives were attacked and detained, and that el-Sisi's representatives were allowed inside polling stations, Egypt's state-run Ahram Online news agency has reported.

"We cannot give any credibility or ratification to the announced numbers of turnout or results," Sabahy said last month. "The announced results are an insult to the intelligence of the Egyptians."

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