CAIRO – Egypt's newly sworn-in president has apologized in person to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a mob during weekend celebrations marking his inauguration.
Local television networks showed a visibly moved Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi visiting the woman in a Cairo hospital.
"I have come to tell you and every Egyptian woman that I am sorry. I am apologizing to every Egyptian woman," said el-Sissi, a former military chief who ousted the country's first elected president nearly a year ago.
Several women were assaulted during Sunday's inaugural festivities. The attacks were a grim reminder of one of Egyptian society's darkest sides and coincided with el-Sissi starring in carefully choreographed ceremonies held at two of the capital's most opulent presidential palaces and attended by hundreds of local and foreign dignitaries.