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Egpyt's Sisi to be sworn in on 2 June

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt, gives a press conference in Addis Ababa on March 24, 2015.
AFP

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi will be sworn in for a second term on 2 June, state-owned Egpytian daily Al-Ahram newspaper reports.

Mr Sisi won a second term with 97% of the vote during the March presidential election.

His swearing in will be the first held in parliament since former ruler Hosni Mubarak began his fifth consecutive term in 2005, Al-Ahram reports.

It will be attended by religious leaders, ambassadors, lawmakers and media personalities.

Many saw March's election as a foregone conclusion, with Mr Sisi's sole opponent a little-known figure who had previously supported his re-election.

Mr Sisi's critics accuse him of being an authoritarian ruler who has crushed dissent. His allies say he has guaranteed stability in Egypt.

Egypt's president pardons more than 330 people

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Reuters
Sisi signed off on the pardon of hundreds of arrested demonstrators

More than 330 people have been pardoned by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Many of those due to be released are youths who have demonstrated in recent years, Reuters reports.

"We signed off on more than 330 (pardoned), and I ask of the interior minister that these youth spend tonight in their home," Mr Sisi said at a youth conference in Cairo.

The Egyptian ruler issues pardons several times a year, usually on major holidays, often releasing young protesters.

In 2013, the country passed a law requiring permission for any public gathering of more than 10 people. The move effectively ended the mass protests that helped unseat two presidents since 2011.

Mr Sisi led the military's overthrow in 2013 of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi following mass protests against his rule.

Since sweeping into power, Mr Sisi has been accused of leading a crackdown on liberal activists and Islamist opponents.

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