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MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SEIZES CONTROL OF EGYPT IN COMPLETELY FAIR AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTION
June 24 2012
Cairo, Egypt – The long-awaited day of freedom for the people of Egypt has finally arrived. A year and half after ousting Dictator Hosni Mubarak the people of Egypt finally, for the first time in a long history of dictators and pharaohs, have elected a civilian leader to lead them.
After a robust drama over the last two weeks, a recount found that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi did in fact take the majority of the votes in the election, surpassing former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq by nearly a million. The announcement of the Morsi victory comes after a hotly contested balloting process that at least briefly resulted in the suspension of parliament and a return to military rule.
Morsi will now stand as the first elected President of Egypt and will rule the country despite his party’s very controversial reputation in the outside world. It’s not clear whether or not foreign countries will recognize Morsi’s victory regardless of the fairness of the actual electoral process, based of course almost exclusively on their dislike of him and his party’s politics. It appears, at least thus far, that those attitudes will not impact his installation as President.
“This is not the end of the game, it's a start of a huge responsibility. It comes with more challenges, turning from being the largest opposition group in Egypt to leading the country with its national front,” said Morsi spokesperson Gehad el-Haddad. “Morsi will work to be a president for all Egyptians.”
Indeed, in previous speeches Morsi has vowed to create an inclusive government representing all sides of complex religious and social makeup of Egypt which does include Christians.
It’s believed likely that many foreign powers will offer grudging congratulations as well as warnings about the difficulties ahead as the country moves towards a real democracy.
“I’m sure more than a few people from the outside world are not going to be all that happy with this victory but, to be honest, the people of Egypt didn’t really have much of a choice. I mean it was Morsi or it was a crony of Mubarak, those were the only two choices and so they chose the lesser of two evils, I think, we’ll see,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “It’s honestly not like any of this actually matters anyways. It’s not like the military is just going to go away because there is a democratically elected President and any thought to the contrary is just kind of ridiculous and so really not much will have changed.”
It’s not clear how much power Morsi will actually have over the military which could easily just assassinate him.
“Obviously countries in the West, particularly the United States, aren’t going to be all that happy about this but there isn’t anything they could have done given that this is a sovereign nation and a legitimate election. I’m sure Obama will received much of the blame because, well, because that’s the way they do,” continued Hander. “Ultimately though this is nation that is just learning to be a democracy and through that process there will be difficult times. They will make mistakes, heck even mature democracies make mistakes, and this vote may turn out to be that, or not, or nothing at all. I mean the military, after all, they weren’t a part of the election and so things won’t change that much.”
It’s not clear when Morsi will act to remove the democratic process that just put him into power.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent