Morsi's win 'a small step ahead for Egypt'

2012-06-25 08:01
Egyptians celebrate the victory of Mohammed Morsi, in the presidential elections, at Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

Egyptians celebrate the victory of Mohammed Morsi, in the presidential elections, at Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - The presidential election victory of Islamist candidate Mohammed Morsi in Egypt is a step forward but much more needs to be done to secure a full transition to democracy, US newspapers said Sunday.

Morsi on Sunday was declared the winner of a divisive presidential run-off, making him the first elected leader of the Arab world's most populous nation since a popular uprising ousted long-time president Hosni Mubarak last year.

"Egypt has taken another halting step toward democracy - and avoided a plunge into chaos," the Washington Post said in an editorial, praising the military for recognising Morsi's victory over ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq.

The Wall Street Journal offered a similar take, saying in a commentary: "The road to democracy remains uncertain, but this presidential election is a qualified step forward."

The New York Times called Morsi's win an "ambiguous milestone in Egypt's promised transition to democracy" in its report.

The Journal cautioned that Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate who resigned from the group to take the top job, would have to allay popular fears about his government's intentions.

"A majority supported someone else in the first round of the elections, and in the runoff they rejected the return of the old regime represented by Mr. Shafiq. Egyptians weren't voting for an Islamist state," it said.

The Brotherhood has rejected a constitutional declaration by the military that dissolves the Islamist-led parliament and gives the army a broad say in government policy and control over the new constitution.

Democratic transition


The Washington Post warned the country's political situation was far from resolved even though an election winner had been declared.

"Whether that development becomes a foundation to build on or a prelude to further destabilisation" in Egypt "will depend on whether the military and Islamists can find a modus vivendi based on democratic principles," it said.

The Journal noted: "One undesirable outcome going forward would be a military establishment that lets the Brotherhood slowly Islamicise the country in return for keeping power. The world can do without an Arab Pakistan."

The Post called on the United States to wield its influence over Egypt's military - which receives more than $1bn in US aid each year - to ensure that Morsi is given "full governing power".

"Egypt still has a chance to complete a democratic transition, but it will require more mature political behaviour by all sides," the Post concluded.

"Strong encouragement by the United States - particularly to the recalcitrant generals of the old order - can help."

For the Journal, "a new legitimately elected president is a good democratic start, but only that".

Read more on:    hosni mubarak  |  mohamed morsi  |  ahmed shafiq  |  egypt  |  north africa  |  egypt elections 2012
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
When is a mountain more than just a mountain? 2014-12-18 07:26

When it’s an adventure! A group of Old Mutual employees found out how much is enough courage, endurance and camaraderie to take on Africa's highest peak.

/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

At last you are able to see the light. You are able to break through obstacles in an innovative and original way. Visualisation is...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.