Muslim Brotherhood-backed candidate Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner in Egypt's first free presidential election in history by the country's elections commission.Congratulations Egypt. You have no industry. You have no agriculture. You cannot feed your people. You have a high rate of infant mortality. You are very lucky if you live to 70. Your one industry that brought in foreign currency, TOURISM, is practically gone. But now you will have Shar'ia upon you.
In Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, joyous Morsi supporters wept and kneeled on the ground in prayer. They danced, set off fireworks and released doves in the air with Morsi's picture attached in celebrations not seen in the square since Mubarak was forced out on Feb. 11, 2011.
In his first televised speech on state TV, Morsi pledged Sunday to preserve Egypt's international accords, a reference to the peace deal with Israel.
He paid tribute to nearly 900 protesters killed in last year's uprising, saying without the "blood of the martyrs," he would not have made it to the presidency.
In a non-confrontational speech, he did not mention the last-minute power grab by the ruling military that stripped the president of most of his major powers.
"I pledge to be a president who serves his people and works for them," Morsi said on his official web page. "I will not betray God in defending your rights and the rights of this nation." He was scheduled to address the nation Sunday night in his first speech after being declared president.
Many are looking now to see if Morsi will try to take on the military and wrestle back the powers they took from his office just one week ago. Thousands vowed to remain in Tahrir to demand that the ruling generals reverse their decision.
On the sidelines of the political drama are the liberal and secular youth groups that drove the uprising against Mubarak, left to wonder whether Egypt has taken a step towards becoming an Islamist state. Some grudgingly supported Morsi in the face of Ahmed Shafiq, who was Mubarak's last prime minister, while others boycotted the vote.
Morsi will now have to reassure them that he represents the whole country, not just Islamists, and will face enormous challenges after security and the economy badly deteriorated in the transition period.
Pro-democracy leader Mohammed ElBaradei urged unity after the results were announced.
"It is time we work all as Egyptians as part of a national consensus to build Egypt that is based on freedom and social justice," he wrote on his Twitter account.
Just one week ago, at the moment polls were closing in the runoff election, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued constitutional amendments that stripped the president's office of most of its major powers. The ruling generals made themselves the final arbiters over the most pressing issues still complicating the transition-- such as writing the constitution, legislating, passing the state budget-- and granted military police broad powers to detain civilians.
"I am happy the Brotherhood won because now the revolution will continue on the street against both of them, the Brotherhood and the SCAF," said Lobna Darwish, an activist who has boycotted the elections.
Morsi, the 60-year old U.S.-trained engineer, narrowly defeated Shafiq with 51.7 percent of the vote versus 48.3, by a margin of only 800,000 votes, the election commission said. Turnout was 51 percent.
Also, a few days before that constitutional declaration, a court dissolved the freely elected parliament, which is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, leaving the military now in charge of legislating.
"The revolution passed an important test,"said Yasser Ali, a spokesman for Morsi's campaign. "But the road is still long."
The Muslim Brotherhood has stated that they will NOT impose Shar'ia Law, but we all know that they break every promise they have made. So the Egyptian population should be prepared for this:
Nothing says freedom like a burqa or two.
Nobody knows what crime this woman did, but to the men it didn't matter. They just enjoyed the show.
Thieves will lose their hands, adultery will be punish by stoning, gays will be hung.
Heck put it into the public square and the tourists will flock to see it.
And Mohammad Morsi has been stirring the people to war with Israel. A war in which the Egyptians are ill prepared for. A in violation of the Camp David Accord. So much for peace treaties signed by Muslims.
Both President Barack Hussein Obama and Former President
I give Egypt until November before they have to attack Israel. (Or face riots in the streets over the horrible economic conditions and massive hunger in Egypt.) And I wonder how long the cheering crowds in Tahrir Square will continue to scream when Israel destroys their city, their army and their nation.
What we are seeing is Obama's Foreign Policy at work!
No wonder he is known as The Amateur!