World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptians have started streaming onto central Cairo's Tahrir Square and the vicinity of the Ittihadiya presidential palace in eastern Cairo to celebrate the inauguration of new President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi amid intensive security measures.
Scores of citizens converged onto Tahrir to attend the celebrations amid fireworks, dancing and ululation of jubilant supporters.
Patriotic songs glorifying the Egyptian military played in the background.
Many participants flew colorful balloons in the air.
Some people drew the black, white and red colors of the Egyptian flag on their faces.
Military helicopters, meanwhile, roared in the sky as part of an airshow that energized people on the square who cheered in joy.
The celebration seeped out of Tahrir and into surrounding streets where Egyptian flags were decorating buildings and offices.
The same celebratory mood prevailed in the vicinity of eastern Cairo's Ittihadiya palace where citizens had arrived with Egyptian flags.
Many carried photos of the new president, chanting and dancing.
Al-Sisi was sworn in for a four-year term by the Supreme Constitutional Court earlier today.
Al-Sisi, who had resigned his post as army chief to contest the presidential poll, has been officially declared Egypt's new president after winning almost 97 percent of the vote, according to Egypt's election commission.
The vote was the second milestone of a transitional roadmap imposed by the army after its ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi on July 3 following mass protests against his one-year rule.
Morsi supporters had staged a series of limited protests in a number of Egyptian provinces to coincide with the swearing-in ceremony.
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