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Brotherhood's Morsi beats Mubarak's last prime minister to become Egypt's first civilian president
Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi beats off military man Ahmed Shafiq to become Egypt's first post-uprising president
Sherif Tarek, Sunday 24 Jun 2012
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Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi (Photo: AP)

The Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, Mohamed Morsi, has been named the fifth president of Egypt after narrowly beating off competition from rival, Ahmed Shafiq, in the hotly-contested presidential elections' runoffs.

The result was announced around 4pm at the Cairo headquarters of the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC).

Morsi, the head of the Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), launched his presidential campaign shortly after Brotherhood's second-in-command Khairat El-Shater was rejected by the electoral commission in April. El-Shater was disqualified due to a prior criminal conviction under the Mubarak regime.

Morsi's win in Egypt's first-ever genuine multi-candidate presidential elections puts an end to a 60-year military monopoly of the position. His predecessors Mohamed Naguib, Gamal Abdel-Nasser, Anwar El-Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, who ruled tthe country since the 1952 Free Officers' Coup, all came from the army's ranks.

The inauguration of Morsi, nonetheless, does not imply that the military institution will loosen its grip on power. Recent developments give the military junta extra authorities at the expense of the president's.

Egypt's 2012 elections were the second multi-candidate presidential elections in the country's history. The first took place in 2005 and saw then president Hosni Mubarak secure a clear victory, which many observers chalked up to massive vote-rigging by the now defunct National Democratic Party (NDP).

Mubarak remained in power for 30 years until the military forced his resignation after 18 days of countrywide protests.





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alatif
25-06-2012 05:39am
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Liberty with freedom of religion and expression.
I am American Muslim. As long as there is no oppression and no discrimination to minority, it will be OK. Liberty with freedom of religion, expression,speech,and dressing. justice for all ,non discrimination based on religion,race, nationality and gender,it will be OK. Good luck. May ALLAH bless Egypt with new President.
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MS
24-06-2012 06:59pm
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Democracy experience is needed
I do not think that my beloved country Egypt will see better days with this election. Even though I hope it will come someday to stability. Indeed if that the voice of the majority, then should work as hard as they demonstrated on Tahrir square to get the country back to normal. It is the duty of everyone. It is fatal to believe that, they will move from total dictatorship to 100% functioning democracy, so it is about time to make the first experience and show the world that we are capable to have democracy.
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MS
24-06-2012 06:51pm
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The voice of the majirity
I do not think that my beloved country Egypt will see better days with this election. Even thogh I hope it will come some day to stability. Indeed if that the voice oftha majority, then should work as hard as they demonstrated on Tahrir squere to get the country back to normal. It is the deuty of everyone. It is fatal to belive that, they will move from total dictatorship to 100% functioning democracy, so it is abouttime to make the first experienc and show the world that we are capable to have democracy.
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A democrat
24-06-2012 06:49pm
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A victory for democracy
Mursi's victory reminds me of Lula's victory in my native Brazil ten years ago. Many people feared he would turn the country into some sort of Cuba or North Korea. One must give people the benefit of the doubt before using cheap stereotypes. And for those who want the MB to be dissolved, I just say the MB is part of the Egyptian reality and people. If you do not integrate it a legitimate actor within the political system, it will always be a threat to stability. Disbanding it does not eliminate it, on the very contrary, it just would make them really dangerous.
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realist
24-06-2012 10:51pm
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wrong example my dear
Lula was not a 84 year old islamist supremist party that preached world dominision or intolerace of anything unislamic - islam always leads to violence and death - it is history - ask any muslim what their prophet did the most - wars and killing or helping people in need.
Karim Hari
24-06-2012 08:10pm
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Nor comparable
Brazil is a natural resource rich country with no foreign enemies to speak of and less dependent on foreign pressure because it`s not dependent on tourism. Lula made the best of Brazil`s potential and succeeded. Even the former Government was more reasonable than the Mubarak-Regime. And last but not least. Lula had the power to change things while Mursi has not. I hope at last that he succeed in implementing democracy and the rule of law. So that his successor in for years did n`t have to start from zero.
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alatif
24-06-2012 06:41pm
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Muslim Broherhood
I am American Muslim, I dont like if MuslimBrotherhod inforce GOD's laws to Mulim,because Islamic teaching is no obligation to follow Islamic teaching. There is 100 % freedom in Islam.I hope Muslimbrotherhod will not force people to his own interpretation of Islam I hope there is freedom to expression , religion, dressing,life-style and non discrimination based on religion,race,gender and nationality. If it do so,ALLAH will bless Egypt for ever,if not Allah will curse Egypt again.
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From a country called Sri Lanka
25-06-2012 06:50am
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Dear Muslim brother
Im neither Egyptian nor arab. MB explicitly said that they wouldnt not enforce the law of the one who created you and me ages ago. Dont you follow the news properly? every secularist has problem with MB is that they'llenforce to wear Hijab, cut hand etc. MB is far advanced than your brains. They'll give all the freeedom to secularist like you. You'll NEVER ever find corruption in MB like Mubarak regime
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Israeli Peace Fighter
24-06-2012 06:39pm
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I'm worried that he'll lead Egypt to become Iran
Is it the beginning of the end of Egypt?Hope not. for the people of Egypt that went to Tahrir square to gain liberty and liberalisem i hope not. but unfortunely it's seems yes...
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karim Hari
25-06-2012 11:53pm
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Respect
you respect iran a thousand time more than egypt
garbi
25-06-2012 11:48pm
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never worry
is better than being an israeli stooge like mubarak
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From Sri Lanka
24-06-2012 05:57pm
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MC² is redefined
2012-1928 = MB²
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From Sri Lanka
24-06-2012 05:44pm
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MC² is redefined
2012-1928 = MB²
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Sliman
24-06-2012 05:34pm
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Mohammad
Finally he did it, go to hell military
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Egyptian
24-06-2012 05:24pm
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The real terrorists/ Brotherhood
Inshalla Egypt does not turn into iran. This person should have been disqualified long ago for being in prison, rigging the election with the pre-marked ballots and forcibly not allowing people of Minya to vote. This person has an engineers degree, i hardly believe that qualifies him to rule the nation. Gamal Abel-Nasser, Allah Yer7amo would have never approved of this because he knows how corrupt they are. The brotherhood tried to assassinate many people. The British Freemasons(devil-worshippers) helped hassan albanna create them to serve the british cause in Egypt. I believe the bultagia that harrased Egyptians during the revolt were brotherhood members. THE BROTHERHOOD LIED ONCE WHEN THEY CLAIMED THEY WILL NOT HAVE A CANIDATE RUN FOR PRESIDENT, WHOSE TO SAY THEY WILL NOT LIE AGAIN? INSHALLA HE GETS DISQUALIFIED AND THE BROTHERHOOD GETS DISSOLVED SO WE CAN HAVE A DEMOCRATIC AND PROSPEROUS EGYPT!!
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KlausLondon
26-06-2012 11:03am
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Give the man a chance!
Yes, an engineers degree is somewhat too humble in a country that has been driven into the ground for 50 years by a bunch of military dictators (who had no degree at all).
garbi
25-06-2012 11:56pm
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democracy
to teach you democracy is the rule of the people by the people for the people this clearly shows egyptians excercised democracy and going on this trend MB is to lead for the next 60 years - the same number they were oppressed.
Egyptian
25-06-2012 04:57pm
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truth
Which part of my comment doest reflect reality, and if it doesnt than what is the reality.
Chopra
25-06-2012 04:30am
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The battle starts now
The actual battle starts now between egyptian's and their govt, all egyptian's are aware and alert now and very well understand what is going on, I hope people dont hibernate again for some years so that another mubarak is born again.Mursi or MB wont have time to cook anything behind the scenes as the common man needs has high hopes for improved lifestyle, Mb are still in Tahrir because their Mursi has been taken away from them by the egyptian citizens and they are left alone as they know that they will never again be able to have majority in parliament again.
Muslim
24-06-2012 06:25pm
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You will be proved wrong! Insha Allah
Your perception about MB and its history does not reflect the reality. I'm sure in the next Presidential election you would vote for MB

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