Morsi wins Egypt's election

2012-06-24 16:39

Cairo - The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi on Sunday became Egypt's first freely elected president, the election commission said.

There had been fears that million of his Islamist loyalists may react with fury if the run-off went to Ahmed Shafik, a former general and ally of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi won by a narrow margin - 51.7% of the vote versus 48.3% for Shafiq.

A huge crowd of Morsi supporters in Cairo's Tahrir Square erupted in cheers and dancing when the result was read out on live television.

  • lloyd.tandi - 2012-06-24 16:45

    Things change.

      Kolobe - 2012-06-24 17:21

      military still holds power though

      smellarat.smith - 2012-06-24 18:19

      A strong secular military is a huge asset in a country with a large population of religious fundamentalists. Turkey's military has e.g. played an admirable role in keeping the lid on religious excesses.

  • Squeegee - 2012-06-24 16:47

    This is going to be no better than before. Tensions with Israel will rise..

      Squeegee - 2012-06-24 21:52

      Reading below I wonder if people actually keep up with what's going on. The army is in currently control of Egypt and have disbanded parliament. They may or may not hand over power to the new "president" who is a fundamentalist Islamist. Nothing to celebrate here. Nothing is settled in Egypt and things can get a lot worse.

  • mohudubete - 2012-06-24 16:49

    Let the Egyptians get together & reform their country, it's the start of new beginnings.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-24 17:11

      Exactly, it is a start of their democracy, after 30 years of tyranny. And hopefully , these rediculous accusations that the West was behind these uprisings, will now be put to rest. Next; in 2 weeks time; LIBYA And than : SYRIA !!!!!!! Both populations, can hardly wait !!!!!!!!

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-24 16:50

    Elections are overrated.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-24 17:25

      Tell this to Nelson Mandela, who spend his life,for us to have regular free and fair elections !!!!!!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-25 01:10

      But that's exactly my point. The more things change the more they stay the same.

  • veldt66 - 2012-06-24 16:53

    HAMAS will be very happy in Gaza Strip!!!!

  • AllanLouiseOelschig - 2012-06-24 16:55

    And DARKNESS descends upon Egypt. A very dark day in Egypts history, Is this the REAL choice of the People?? I wonder!!

      Kolobe - 2012-06-24 17:23

      how is democracy dark?

      Gieljam - 2012-06-24 17:32

      They had a chance to make Egypt great again now they fell back into a bottomless well...

      AllanLouiseOelschig - 2012-06-24 19:02

      Reverse progression can occur, a state can go from being secular to a religious state as in the case of Iran where the secularized state was replaced by the Islamic Republic. The world beware!

      Muhammad - 2012-06-25 11:38

      The same people who shout for democracy from the roof tops suddenly turn hypocrite when things don't go according to their plan.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-24 17:16

    Only time will tell

      Jaba - 2012-06-25 12:05

      agree. lets hope for the best... I pray for the Coptic Christians now more than ever and that the peace treaty with Israel remains intact.

  • morgaenart.farto - 2012-06-24 17:23

    ....And Egypt will be dragged back to the 7th Century AD by the "Religion of Peace"

      Muhammad - 2012-06-25 11:33

      Or will be taken into the next century by the fastest growing religion in the west.

  • Yankey Yanow - 2012-06-24 18:07

    all parise is dua to allah we are so happy full morsi my god protect u ameen.

  • rbphiri - 2012-06-24 18:17

    I sense civil unrest in Cairo, regardless of who won, public disobedience is inevitable. The question now is; is there an end in sight to civil unrest in Egypt, only time will tell.

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-06-24 18:18

    Ok - so the majority has spoken. At least it's a close call, so hopefully the ruling party will be held accountable for what it does. The people who voted this party into power should not complain later (especially the women who voted for this). I fear that for Egypt it's a case of out of the pot and into the fire.

  • Yankey Yanow - 2012-06-24 18:22

    all praise due to allah we r expecting sharia low must take place my lord protect egypt from evil pple like usa and israel

  • shuaib.bassa - 2012-06-24 20:41

    Congtratulations to Morsi. May God the almighty guide him to take Egypt to new highs and unite the people of Egypt to stand in solidarity with their new democricy and president.

      Hadedigbaholawale Precious Juwon - 2012-06-24 22:46

      Wao...that's nice,Congratulation Mr President and all the people of Egypt's for the free and fair election.

  • Siphelele Ngema - 2012-06-24 23:47

    Congratulations to the newly elected president- Morsi. I hope his political views and choices in terms of running the country will not be influenced by his religion. That way Egypt will be for all who live in it.

      Muhammad - 2012-06-25 11:43

      Yeah right. Just as all the western democracies are not in the least influenced by their leaders religious beliefs.

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-06-25 07:28

    Wellwishes to the president and citizens of egypt. May justice and peace be with you all. We pray other countries don't intere in your country

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