After days of delay, a winner has been declared in the first Egyptian presidential election since the departure of former president Hosni Mubarak. The winner, is the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi.
Morsi and his challenger Ahmed Shafiq, the former prime minister of Egypt under Mubarak, survived the first stage of the election. After the winner was announced, it was reported that people in Tahrir square were shouting joyously and even kneeling down in prayer.
Not all were thrilled with the result of the election. Youth who originally started the revolt against Mubarak are left wondering if they have taken a step forward, or just helped in moving their country into an Islamic state. Most grudgingly voted for Morsi in the face of his challenger, while many others boycotted the vote.
The military, who still is holding power over the new president and is run by the defense minister originally appointed by Mubarak. Has been put in charge of legislating after a court ruled to dissolve the newly elected parliament, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.
With the election of Morsi, and Mubuarak’s military still being a controlling power. It looks as though there is a coming power struggle in the middle eastern country between the two entities.
In America, Congressman Allen West has called for America to cut off all foreign aid to Egypt after the election of Morsi. West wrote a brief statement that was posted on his Facebook page earlier.
The post reads-
A year ago there were those of us who warned the Obama Administration of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt. We were castigated as alarmists and loose cannons. Today our predictions have come to reality and the ominous specter reminding us of the Iranian revolution is evident. The Muslim Brotherhood claimed they would not run a presidential candidate. Clearly the Arab Spring is nothing more than a radical Islamic nightmare. Now we need to unequivocally reiterate our support to the Coptic Christians and Israel. What an incredible foreign policy faux pas by the second coming of President Jimmy Carter, the Obama Administration. I call upon President Barack Obama to cut off American foreign aid to Egypt, denounce the results of this election, repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood, and all radical Islamist political entities.
I do not believe that things will get better now that Egypt has elected a new president. In fact they will get worst. The new ruling party already has disregarded the treaty that Mubarak held with Israel for years.
Egypt is just one of many countries in turmoil after the uprising of the Muslim Brotherhood. Not many have yet realized the danger that they poses.
The new administration is focusing on moving Egypt forward into a United Arab state. A cleric introducing the new president said that “our new capital will be Jerusalem, Allah willing.”
Trouble is stirring. It’s a little scary but we will see what will happen within the coming weeks and months.
The White House came out today and congratulated president-elect Mohammed Morsi. Jay Carney released the following statement from the White House during a press conference today.
“The United States congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi on his victory in Egypt’s Presidential election, and we congratulate the Egyptian people for this milestone in their transition to democracy.
“We look forward to working together with President-elect Morsi and the government he forms, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States. We believe that it is important for President-elect Morsi to take steps at this historic time to advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies in consultations about the formation of a new government. We believe in the importance of the new Egyptian government upholding universal values, and respecting the rights of all Egyptian citizens – including women and religious minorities such as Coptic Christians. Millions of Egyptians voted in the election, and President-elect Morsi and the new Egyptian government have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry.
“The United States intends to work with all parties within Egypt to sustain our long-standing partnership as it consolidates its democracy. We commend the Presidential Election Commission and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) for their role in supporting a free and fair election, and look forward to the completion of a transition to a democratically-elected government. We believe it is essential for the Egyptian government to continue to fulfill Egypt’s role as a pillar of regional peace, security and stability. And we will stand with the Egyptian people as they pursue their aspirations for democracy, dignity, and opportunity, and fulfill the promise of their revolution.”
- Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi declared Egypt’s president (dawn.com)
- Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi declared president of Egypt (guardian.co.uk)
- Congratulations Obama! Muslim Brotherhood Rules Egypt (righttruth.typepad.com)