Morsi Officially Declared Egypt's New President
The state election committee said that Morsi won 51.7% of the vote while 48.3% for former General Ahmed Shafiq, Reuters reported.
Morsi supporters, who rejoiced in Cairo's Tahrir Square after hearing the news, had declared their candidate the unofficial winner as early as Monday morning, but the weeklong delay in the official results caused some to fear the military-led government might name Shafiq, the widely considered institutional candidate, the winner instead, the New York Times reported.
Earlier, the Daily News Egypt, put up a poll on its website asking readers, “What do you believe the announcement of the presidential results has been postponed?”
The three answers to choose from illustrated the uncertainty of the waiting period:
“To give ample time for forgery and fraud,” “A seriousness in investigating appeals,” and “To await the street’s reaction.”
Now that Morsi has been declared president, the Daily News Egypt predicted that Morsi will inherit a nation deeply divided. While Morsi did get almost 52% of the vote, that is still only roughly a little over half of the country.
“Those who voted against him fear at best a marriage of religion and state, and at worst an Islamization of the identity of the nation,” wrote the Daily News Egypt.
While there are some who fear what Morsi's politics as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, will do to the country, there is other concern by proponents of Morsi of how much power Morsi will have as president.
“His victory is an ambiguous milestone in Egypt’s promised transition to democracy after the ouster 16 months ago of President Hosni Mubarak,” wrote the New York Times, adding, that while Morsi has been recognized by the military-led government, that does not resolve the divide between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood over the balance of power in the government and the future constitution.
Currently, the military council has full legislative authority, CNN reported.
“Under an interim constitutional declaration, the military council retains the power to make laws and budget decisions until a new constitution is written and a new parliament elected," CNN reported. "The declaration said Supreme Council members 'shall decide all matters related to military affairs, including the appointment of its leaders.'
"The president has the power to declare war, it says, but only "after the approval" of the Supreme Council,” CNN added.
Elijah Zarwan, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said in Cairo, Reuters reported, that for Morsi to be successful he must find a way to unite Egyptians of all political parties together.
"His challenge is to lead a bitterly divided, fearful, and angry population toward a peaceful democratic outcome, without becoming a reviled scapegoat for continued military rule," Zarwan said.
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