World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's interim government has not invited Turkey, Qatar, Tunisia or Israel to send representatives to take part in the upcoming inauguration ceremony for president-elect Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, a well-placed source said Wednesday.
Egypt's army-installed interim presidency has invited 22 countries, 16 of whom have already confirmed their attendance, to an elaborate inauguration ceremony expected early next week in Cairo, the source told Anadolu Agency.
Egypt's electoral commission on Tuesday declared al-Sisi the country's new president, saying he received some 23.7 million votes in polls held last week.
Prior to the inauguration, al-Sisi is expected to be sworn in before Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court.
Al-Sisi had been serving as defense minister when the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi last July following opposition protests.
Due to their critical stances regarding recent events in Egypt, Cairo has accused Doha and Ankara of "interfering" in Egypt's domestic affairs.
Last September, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki had called for Morsi's release after the ousted leader was taken to an unknown location by the military.
In the months following Morsi's ouster, Cairo recalled its ambassadors from Ankara, Doha and Tunis.
The Egyptian government also avoided inviting Israel.
This was presumably to avert a public backlash, as the self-proclaimed Jewish state continues to be seen in a negative light by the Egyptian public – despite a 1979 peace treaty between Cairo and Tel Aviv.
According to the source, countries whose governments have confirmed their attendance at the inauguration include: Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, the United States, Russia, South Africa, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and Nigeria.
The source went on to say that the government had also received confirmation from Ethiopia, whose relations with Egypt have recently come under strain over a hydroelectric dam being built by Addis Ababa on the upper reaches of the Nile River.
Last week's presidential polls, the second since Egypt's 2011 uprising that unseated Hosni Mubarak, constitute the second phase of a transitional roadmap imposed by al-Sisi in the wake of Morsi's ouster last July.
The vote was widely boycotted by supporters of Morsi and youth groups opposed to the notion of yet another military man as Egypt's next president.Last Mod: 04 Haziran 2014, 15:18