|Muslim Brotherhood candidate declared Egypt's new President.|
Mohammed Morsi was declared Egypt's first Islamist president on Sunday after the freest elections in the country's history, narrowly defeating Hosni Mubarak's last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in a race that raised political tensions in Egypt to a fever pitch. The country's last four presidents over the past six decades have all came from the ranks of the military. This is the first time modern Egypt will be headed by an Islamist and by a freely elected civilian. Throngs of Morsi supporters in Cairo's Tahrir Square erupted in cheers and dancing when the result was read out on live television. Some released doves with his pictures over the square where the uprising that ousted Mubarak last year was born. Others set off fireworks. Morsi's spokesman Ahmed Abdel-Attie said words cannot describe the "joy" in this "historic moment." "We got to this moment because of the blood of the martyrs of the revolution," he said. "Egypt will start a new phase in its history." The announcement was the culmination of a tumultuous, 16-month transition that was supposed to bring democratic rule, but was tightly controlled and curtailed by the military rulers who took power from Mubarak. The outcome will not put an end to the main power struggle in the country now between Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and the military. The election commission said Morsi won with 51.7 percent of the vote versus 48.3 for Shafiq. Turnout was 51 percent. Farouk Sultan, the head of the commission, described the elections as "an important phase in the end of building our nascent democratic experience." - Huffington Post.
After 84 years as an often outlawed secret society struggling in the prisons and shadows of monarchs and dictators, the Brotherhood is now closer than ever to its stated goal of building an Islamist democracy in Egypt. “In my dreams I wanted this to happen, but it is unbelievable,” said Hudaida Hassan, a 20-year-old from Menoufiya. Even in a victorious moment, however, the Brotherhood’s leadership acknowledged that the struggle was far from over: leaders immediately pledged to continue the sit-in, fighting on in the courts and in the streets to restore the Parliament. And in his first statement as president-elect, Mr. Morsi vowed to swear the oath of office before the seated Parliament and not before the Supreme Constitutional Court as the generals had decreed. Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the chairman of the military council, congratulated Mr. Morsi. The Brotherhood’s political arm said on its Web site that the official presidential guard who previously protected Mr. Mubarak had arrived at Mr. Morsi’s home to begin protecting him. It was a stark contrast from the days less than two years ago when the arrival of armed officers at the home of a Brotherhood leader inevitably meant a trip to one of Mr. Mubarak’s jails. - NY Times.
UPDATE: Cleric Introduces Egypt's New President - Our Capital "Shall Be Jerusalem, Allah Willing"!
Egyptian cleric Safwat Higazi introduces Morsi's campaign on May 1st, declaring that the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to state power will signal the Caliphate or the "dominion of a caliph" and the establishment of the United States of the Arabs in Jerusalem.
WATCH: Higazi's speech.