Celebrating the victory of Mohammed Morsi/ AFP/Khaled Desouki

Down, down with the military rule! That was one of the main mottos on Tahrir Square just after the announcement of the official results of the run off the presidential elections in Egypt with the victory of Mohammed Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Sqhare was a feast of joy and celebration from the moment the result was official. The “Spring” with a sense of victory at least. The first international congratulations began to arrive (US, Israel, Great Britain…) and signs of unity were also appearing (The congratulation of the new Christian Copt Patriarch). It was the beginning of a night of celebrations.

But thew situation is still complicated, precisely because of the role of the military in power and the fact that if the results are accurate the wining of Mr. Morsi is pretty narrow (51,7% against  48,3%). There is not Parliament (it was dissolved by the SCAF on the eve of the elections and now the military has in plan to reform the Constitution to minimize the powers of the president and make finish his mandate “very soon” when the new constitution would be approved. Those are the promises of the military.

The promises of the new president rare more hopeful and common sense: he said he want to be the president of all the egyptians and that he will step down from his party and have a vice president of another party, maybe some of the parties of the moderate candidates who didn’t make the run-off,  give entrance in the government to women, Christians, young men… He said he want unity and doesn’t want to be a protocolary President like the SCAF apparently wants in the new constitution. His speaker said also that his government will be civil, not religious.

But Morsi is the front-runner and now the President elect, but not a very strong man in his party, so let’s see what will be able to do of all that he has promised.

The fact is that Mohammed Morsi is the firs civilian elected president in  Egypt and his election has been a historic fact.

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  1. Very good analysis, but I’m not sure that Muslim Brotherhood will protect copt comunity from radicals.

  2. That’s the point of my comment, the difficulty to keep the promises given by the president elect above all with the week position he had in the party and all the power the military has kept for themselves.

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


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