The revolution continues - Morsi

2012-06-24 22:45

Cairo - Egypt's president-elect Mohammed Morsi on Sunday insisted that the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak would continue until its goals were met.

He was making his first address after being declared the country's next leader.

The speech was broadcast live on state television, hours after the election commission declared him the winner of this month's run-off vote a deeply divisive race against Ahmed Shafiq, the last premier to serve under ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi, the first Islamist to be elected to the presidency, said he would be a leader "for all Egyptians".

He won 51.7% of the vote.

"I call on you, great people of Egypt ... to strengthen our national unity," he said, adding that national unity "is the only way out of these difficult times."

Morsi, who resigned from the Muslim Brotherhood to take the top job, thanked the "martyrs" of the uprising for the victory and stressed "the revolution continues".

The 60-year-old engineer also vowed to honour international treaties.

"We will preserve all international treaties and charters ... we come in peace," Morsi said.

The European Union on Sunday congratulated Morsi on his win, saying it was a "historic" day for his country and the region and encouraged him to “reach out to all other political and social groups”.

Meanwhile a top US lawmaker urged the United States "not to prejudge" the results of the Egyptian elections after Islamists took the presidency of the Arab world's most populous nation for the first time.

Democratic Senator John Kerry said in a statement: “Obviously American concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood's past statements and positions are widely shared and well understood."

"It would be a mistake for us to pull back from our engagement with a free and democratic Egypt. This is a time to test intentions not to prejudge them."

  • thepudi.solly - 2012-06-25 07:01

    Egypt is not an American state and democracy is not only limited to the US. Whoever the great people of Egypt choose has nothing to do with the US. Democracy at last.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-25 07:27

      Time to let go the Anti-US obsession?

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-25 07:26

    Congratulations Egypt! First true election ever, thousands of years of history. Well done!

  • matthews.bantsijang - 2012-06-25 09:11

    The revolution continues... The 60-year-old engineer also vowed to honour international treaties.....

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-25 09:30

      Sounds like ANC & ANCYL. Lets hope they do not mistake reveloution for revelootin as has been done in SA.

  • adam.r.levin - 2012-06-25 10:57

    "We will preserve all international treaties and charters ... we come in peace". I really hope that he means that because he was filmed at an election rally singing about marching to Jerusalem in order to liberate.

      Jaba - 2012-06-25 11:23

      I’m going to be optimistic. Stability will lead to job creation. I think (hope) he will respect the peace treaty – the younger generation (in the public squares) does not know or remember the wars and thus find it easy to talk. Egypt lost the Sinai desert (an area 3 times the size of Israel) in the last war; it was given back in a peace treaty later. The treaty stated that should Egypt decide to cut-up the peace treaty, Israel will be given the Sinai back – so I believe that peace will prevail as a large chunk of Egypt’s GDP comes from tourism in the Sinai. Either way, I’m hoping for the best…

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