Muslim Brotherhood-Backed Candidate Wins Egyptian Presidential Election

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In a move not too surprising to those who have followed the Egyptian presidential election, the candidate who is now president of the country one year after its "liberation" is the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mohammed Mursi (for an extended interview with Mursi delineating his views read this ), who has won with over 13 million, or 51.73% of the votes. This means that at least superficially the Egyptian military is being pulled back from power, and instead the Islamist forces will be in control. How this ultimately impacts the region, and especially Egyptian neighbor Israel, remains to be seen, although a major Islamist power ascending in control of a formerly secular nation will hardly be very beneficial to Israel, especially in the long-run even if the just elected president has pro-western beliefs.

Live Feed from Tahrir square after the jump:

At least initially, Tel Aviv is quite happy with the result:

From Reuters:

In a reversal of fortunes unthinkable a year and a half ago, an Islamist jailed by Hosni Mubarak has succeeded him as president of the biggest Arab nation in a victory at the ballot box which has historic consequences for Egypt and the Middle East.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsy will not enjoy the extent of modern, pharaonic powers exercised by Mubarak: those have been curtailed by a military establishment which will decide just how much he will be able to do in government.

 

Still, the U.S.-trained engineer's victory in the country's first free presidential election breaks a tradition of domination by men from the armed forces, which have provided every Egyptian leader since the overthrow of the monarchy 60 years ago, and installs in office a group that drew on 84 years of grassroots activism to catapult Morsy into the presidency.

 

He has promised a moderate, modern Islamist agenda to steer Egypt into a new democratic era where autocracy will be replaced by transparent government that respects human rights and revives the fortunes of a powerful Arab state long in decline. Morsy is promising an "Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic foundation".

 

Yet the stocky, bespectacled 60-year old, appears something of an accidental president: he was only flung into the race at the last moment by the disqualification on a technicality of Khairat al-Shater, by far the group's preferred choice.

 

With a stiff and formal style, Morsy, who has a doctorate from the University of Southern California, cast himself as a reluctant late comer to the race, who cited religious fear of judgement day as one of his reasons for running. He struggled to shake off his label as the Brotherhood's "spare tyre".

 

Questions remain over the extent to which Morsy will operate independently of other Brotherhood leaders once in office: his manifesto was drawn up by the group's policymakers. The role Shater might play has been one focus of debate in Egypt.

 

"I will treat everyone equally and be a servant of the Egyptian people," Morsy said at his campaign headquarters in Cairo shortly after polling ended, a week before his victory was confirmed by the Mubarak-era body overseeing the vote.

 

But many Egyptians, not least the Christian minority, remain suspicious of Morsy and even more so of the group he represents. Anti-Brotherhood sentiment, fuelled by both a hostile media and some of the group's policies, has soared in recent weeks.

 

SWITCH

 

As he readied himself for the run-off against Shafik, Morsy switched to a more inclusive message and portrayed himself as defender of the "Jan. 25 revolution" that toppled Mubarak - an uprising initially led not by the wary Brotherhood but by mainly secular, liberal groups among Egypt's urban youth.

 

The Brotherhood has long been at the heart of the movement for democratic reform in Egypt, but he was a hard sell to many of those youth activists, who said his group was slow to join the anti-Mubarak uprising and who subsequently accused the Brotherhood of cosying up to the generals who then took over.

 

Morsy won few open endorsements from politicians and parties beyond the various Islamist factions, though the "April 6 movement" - one of the protest groups that ignited the anti-Mubarak revolt - was a notable exception.

 

"We face a decisive moment in our history, we must halt the farce of the former regime," Morsy said in one of his last television interviews before the run-off. "We face a new era and we cannot allow the return of the former regime."

 

Morsy worked to address some of the criticisms faced by his group. In the last week of his campaign, he put in writing his promises of an inclusive administration, to protect media freedoms and those of minorities, including Christians whose fear of the Islamists drove many of them to vote for Shafik.

 

He also sought to reassure the generals about his group's intentions. In a June 14 interview, he said the Brotherhood would seek agreement with the military over the next defence minister. The army, he said, would also remain "protector of the interior" for up to two years while the Interior Ministry - a largely unreformed vestige of Mubarak's rule - was restructured.

 

In any case, the army enacted a court order that same day to dissolve the Brotherhood-led parliament and, as polling ended, issued a decree taking legislative power for itself, among measures that will sharply constrain the presidency.

 

Morsy travelled across the country, promoting the Brotherhood's "renaissance project" - an 80-page manifesto based on what it terms its "centrist understanding" of Islam.

 

The son of a peasant farmer, Morsy has spoken of a simple childhood in a village in the Nile Delta province of Sharqia, recalling how his mother taught him prayer and the Koran. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1982 after earlier studying at Cairo University.

 

Following his studies in the United States, he returned to Egypt in 1985. Two of his five children hold U.S. citizenship.

 

Head of the Freedom and Justice Party, which the Brotherhood established last year to promote its aims in the new party political system, Morsy has been described as an apparatchik.

 

His daughter is married to the son of another Brotherhood leader and he has described his wife, who wears a long, cape-like headscarf, as a Brotherhood activist.

 

The Brotherhood's "renaissance" programme sketches out the group's vision on everything from fighting inflation to remaking ties with the United States as a partnership of equals. It envisions deeper ties with Turkey - a Muslim state which Brotherhood leaders often cite as a model of success.

 

On Israel, Morsy's views reflect those of the Brotherhood. He has called for a review of Cairo's 1979 peace treaty with its Jewish neighbour, saying Egypt's neighbour has not respected the accord. But the group has said it will not renege on the deal.

 

Morsy has cited fear of judgment day as one reason for seeking the top office. He said: "We are worried that God will ask us, on the day of reckoning: 'What did you do when you saw that the nation was in need of sacrifice and effort?'"

Previously from CNN:

After a historic revolution that toppled a 30-year regime, Egyptians eagerly waited Sunday to learn who would be the country's first democratically elected president.

 

Officials braced for violence and the Muslim Brotherhood said it would stage a long-term protest if a former prime minister is declared the winner.

 

Egypt is set to announce the winner at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) Sunday, according to the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission.

 

Both candidates have already claimed victory. And hours before the announcement Sunday, both campaigns reiterated the claim.

 

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik made the declaration on his Facebook page: "President Ahmed Shafik, Egypt 2012."

 

Mohamed Morsi of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, also declared on Facebook that "at 3:00 p.m., Morsi will be Egypt's president."

 

The claims come amid heightened concerns that Shafik, who served under ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, would give new life to the old guard and essentially nullify democratic gains since last year's Egyptian revolution.

 

"Did we really have a revolution if Shafik wins?" prominent novelist Alaa al-Aswany said via Twitter. "For the thousandth time this is not a battle between the military and the (Muslim) Brotherhood, it is a battle of the Egyptian people with the military regime that ruled us with an iron fist for 60 years."

 

Like Mubarak, Shafik is a former air force officer with close ties to Egypt's powerful military and is "the quintessential candidate of the counter-revolution," said Khaled Elgindy, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Morsi, an American-educated engineer, "represents the older, more conservative wing of the Brotherhood and openly endorses a strict Islamic vision," said Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations.

But in an interview with CNN, Morsi said, "There is no such thing called an Islamic democracy. There is democracy only. ... The people are the source of authority."

Each campaign has accused the other of election fraud.

 

"In the event of Shafik's win, we expect some trouble on the street and in Tahrir (Square), which will be met with an iron hand according to the instructions we have received," said Lt. Col. Usama Emam, a national security officer.

 

"We are on high alert and so far there has not been any evidence of an imminent threat or plan of sabotage from any Islamist extremist groups," Emam said. He added that Egyptian authorities have arrested "elements" of the Palestinian group Hamas over the past week since Egypt's military rulers isued "de facto martial law and we are still tracking some of their fugitive members who had entered mainly through Sinai and made their way to Cairo."

 

More than 1,800 ambulances have been dispatched across the country as a proactive measure, the state-run EgyNews agency reported. It also said the country's interior ministry stressed the need to respect peaceful demonstrations.

 

But the ministry also said it would not tolerate any turmoil against authorities after Sunday's pivotal announcement.

 

"Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has given police forces orders to shoot to kill against anyone attempting to attack police stations after the results," interior ministry spokesman Gen. Marwan Mustapha said, reiterating government policy in such circumstances. "Increased security has been dispersed in the side streets of (Cairo's) Tahrir Square to protect government buildings."

 

If Shafik wins the election, the Muslim Brotherhood will stage "a long-term, open-end sit-in at Tahrir Square," complete with bathroom facilities made of bricks, daily food supply and tight security at the entrances of the square, said Jihad Haddad, a political adviser to the Muslim Brotherhood. Haddad cited the Brotherhood's disapproval of the ruling military body's new constitutional decree and de facto martial law.

 

Egypt's all-powerful military leaders have said they won't reverse their widely deplored constitutional and judicial changes and also cautioned against election-related unrest.

 

"We will face anyone who will pose a challenge to the public and private sectors with an iron fist," the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) said.

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falak pema's picture

so now the other half's been stolen too.

I am Jobe's picture

Send Chucky Schumer as en Envoy to fix this mess. I bet he will finally shut the fuck up. He sits in NY and yaks away.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Facebook broke Egypt, now Facebook has to fix it!

GMadScientist's picture

No, that was Twitter. You're thinking of Morgan Stanley.

 

BeetleBailey's picture

+1000 Jobe.

Fuck Schumer needs to have his reading peepers shoved up his ancient ass.

obelisks's picture

" a major Islamist power ascending in control of a formerly secular nation will hardly be seen as beneficial by Israel. "

                              i call it karma -What Goes Around Comes Around

El Oregonian's picture

Burka, the new cover-up.. Very trendy

Hedgetard55's picture

Choomboy's peeps take control, he is high fiving Hillary! as we read.

OhBaldOne's picture

Will take the heat off the Eastern Front, for now. Give Syria, Lebanon and Iran a bit of a rest.

GMadScientist's picture

Tag team wrestling. Bring on the metal chairs!

Dr. No's picture

Congrats to the people's voice being heard.  Granted 51% barely makes a majority, but it is a step in the right direction.  Make politicians in America and Isreal earn their money now -> no free pass with a puppet in power.

malikai's picture

LOL. Nice one. Next time you might want to use /sarc so people don't get the wrong impression.

I am Jobe's picture

A game of golf will cure everything at the whorehouse. USSA is gonna lose this battle and will be whining.

DosZap's picture

USSA is gonna lose this battle and will be whining.

Prepare for WWIII,this is end times prophecy unrolling right before our eyes,your seeing it first hand.

And thank the Kumhander in thief for the hell fixing to come.Every nation HE has so called rescued(from the murderers,) has been taken over by Islamic Fundies, ALL of them.

If what you thought was going on  is bad, you ain't seen anything yet.

A pregnant woman in Egypt was beaten to death by HER husband because she would not vote for the guy that won.

 

fockewulf190's picture

No doubt that the border to Gaza is going to be opened up quite soon...and Israel is going to freak. Bullish for silver durhams. Bullish for gold dinars. Bullish for piles of shit and fans as well.

disabledvet's picture

Didn't know the border was closed actually.

fockewulf190's picture

People can obtain visas and enter Egypt, but goods shipments and trade are still banned. Not for long though. I just heard that Israel is massing troops near Gaza and has activated some reservists as well. Bullish (for stackers).

Troll Magnet's picture

why on earth would israel be on alert? they didn't do anything!
/sarc off

Normalcy Bias's picture

Mohamed Morsi of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood...

Did they get the idea for the party name from American politicians? Methinks the Egyptians will get their Freedom and Justice in exactly the same place Americans received their Hope and Change. crammed right up the arse...

el Gallinazo's picture

Jeez, doesn't anyone check their spelling?  That's Hope and Chains.

the 300000000th percent's picture

Egypt will become another iran

 

roadhazard's picture

 I want to see just how big a puppet the Muslim Brotherhood will be to the Military. You don't win much when there is no Parliament. 

falak pema's picture

Henry kissinger must be squirming in his shoes; the end of an age. Just when the US tries to take out the LAST anti-west arab Oligarch in Syria a new one is born is bigger Egypt. Its called the law of water finding its own level; even arab water. 

Reset in arab world now compromised. As the key lynchpin to global regional riches stays Saudi and Emirates constellation. All without armies since the US-Saud handshake in 1945 : our armies, your freedom, re-enacted in 1973 : our armies, your oil/freedom. Since then, the oil kingdoms have NEVER had large home armies : too dangerous; a Saddam, an Assad, a Nasser! Always relied on good ole Uncle Sam, like on Rule Britannia before!... Operation jackboots on Desert storm ground!

And now, this turning point. Will Brotherhood plus army relooked over time become the Mamelukes of old and decide to fight Crusader kingdom in Holy land and Pope of Jerusalem-Oil? 

Anything can now happen as the grip of new Pope/Holy Empire slips on Jerusalem of oil. WIth the new Mongols now crying "our time is ripe to gripe Golden Horde Orda chimes" and new ALexander Nevsky of Novgorod, ally to Mongol Horde, saying the same thing in Moskovi. 

Awesome reenactment of the rise of Baybars of Mamlukia fame. We are in 1244 of old....history is a very sweet n sour bitch. It makes me itch.

 

Spastica Rex's picture

Scholarly +1

Some things don't ever change much, huh?

Hulk's picture

Wonder if Mursi owns a blue turban ???

Lebensphilosoph's picture

Once more, in English if you please.

Chief_Illiniwek's picture

Short Nile cruise operators.

fockewulf190's picture

Just wait until the women are frolicking about on the beach, showing off their latest warm weather burqas (sporting an extra 5 cm of risky mesh screening for those sultry flirts). Scharm el Sheikh is going to be a ghost town in no time.

MFL8240's picture

Obama and Clinton are 100% responsible for this disater.  The US is now in the hands of clowns!.

DaveyJones's picture

falak's post has a little more perspective on the issue

toady's picture

No no no!

It's all Reagan & Bush x 2's fault!

/sarc

Pampalona's picture

The Pharoahs must be turning in their sarcophagi.

Lebensphilosoph's picture

Hyksos, Nubians, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Arabs, Turks ... after all that what does Pharaonic Egypt have to do with modern Egypt, or modern Egyptians with the ancient inhabitants of that land? The pharaohs began rolling in their sarcophagi long, long ago.

the 300000000th percent's picture

The only problem is that this guy was educated in the US I'm afraid he's the new US meat puppet for Egypt

apberusdisvet's picture

Hmmmm.  US educated.  Another Rothschild/CIA creation like Obama?  The agenda of the banking cartel throughout the last 300 years is to profit from chaos.  Let's see if this election provides more of the same.

Zola's picture

"He obtained his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1982 after earlier studying at Cairo University.

 

Following his studies in the United States, he returned to Egypt in 1985. Two of his five children hold U.S. citizenship."

 

The new US puppet ?

the 300000000th percent's picture

You would think they (the CIA) would have these co opted "demacratic" electtions down by now to sneak their meat puppets in there. I'm sure they did

walcott's picture

golden dawnish brown puh-puh-puh..muppet.

He looks like the meathead in Greece.

Not even the appearance of an organic movement this time around.

Hitler, they groomed his ass for 20 years or so.

They just throw the puppets on stage now.

And the legions of brainless idiots drink the suicidal kool-aid.

Willfully following whatever path their diety implanted

brainwashing dictates to them. Again.

Alcoholic Native American's picture

Quick send in McCain and Joe Liberman to congradulate them.

GMadScientist's picture

We offer you these cruise missiles in the name of peace!

Hulk's picture

So Barry, don't cross the Mursi ...

Nick the Greek's picture

Maybe McCain can call them Freedom Fighters.

DanDaley's picture

Muslim Brotherhood Credo:

God is our objective

the Quran is our constitution

the Prophet is our leader

struggle is our way

and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations

 

Get ready, kuffar bitchezz

walcott's picture

mein kampf for bread helmet wearing muslims.