Waiting now for the new Egypt to be revealed


Morsi studied at USC (Wikipedia)
Well one question about Egypt has been answered; Egypt officially has a president – Mohammed Morsi.  What powers will he have?  What force or control will the army have?  When a new parliament be seated?  What will the final constitution be like?  What are the goals and aspirations of the new president and his Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party?  Those and many other questions were not answered by the official  announcement of the results o Egypt’s presidential election.  In the endless analysis and discussion that is taking place across the Arab world the best estimate I heard was 6 months. Six months to sort out some of the details and to begin to see what having an elected president for the first time in its 4000 year history will mean.

In the meantime, we are left with one speech to use to judge Morsi’s intentions.  He said nothing about confronting or controlling the army, instead he talked about unity and the common cause of all Egyptians.  Morsi promised to be the president of all Egyptians, civilians and soldiers, Christians and Muslims and of men and women.   There are lots and lots of quotes from the speech available, but I picked those in Al Masry Al-Youm to use to illustrate his speech; not because they are unique, but because the contain the high points everyone is citing. I listened to most of the speech and think that for an outside these quotes cover the issues I was most interested in, except one major one looming issue – the laws of Islam and their application to governing Egypt.  None of his remarks or quotes from the speech cover the role of Islam and sharia in Egyptian life – those questions too will have to wait.

In his first televised speech on state TV, Morsy declared he would be a leader “of all Egyptians — Muslims, Christians, the elderly, children, women, men, farmers, teachers, workers, those who work in the private and public sectors, and merchants.” “I call on you, the great people of Egypt … to strengthen our national unity,” he said, adding that national unity “is the only way out of these difficult times.” Morsy vowed to honor international treaties and pledged to preserve Egypt’s international accords, a reference to the peace deal with Israel. “We will preserve all international treaties and charters … we come in peace,” Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel. “We’ll establish balanced relations with all of the world’s countries on the basis of common interests,” he said, hours after he was declared president-elect following a deeply divisive race against Ahmed Shafiq, the last premier to serve ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Morsi won 51.73 percent of the vote, with 13,230,131 ballots. 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. ” “The revolution continues, until all its demands are met,” he stressed. Al-Masry Al-Youm, 6-24-12

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2 Responses to “Waiting now for the new Egypt to be revealed”


  1. 1 Bill Hanigan June 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Egypt’s first elected President in 4000 years, albeit by a somewhat circuitous route. Will Egypt now follow the Turkish model of gradual repositioning of the military ? What will the original young protestors do now ? Seems the army have all the cards and have a very strong hand. On balance this is probably the best scenario on which to build.

  2. 2 Ken Adams June 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

    There were some interesting reactions around Egypt; Al Jazeera went out if its way to find angry people – people who wanted any one but an Islamist as president. One group was doing the Arab street thing – shouting, shaking their fists and demanding change. They wanted the army to step in now and safe Egypt. In the west we think everyone would rather have an elected president than a military dictatorship – but it is not completely so. There were a lot of people in the crowd where the interviews were conducted – not as many as were celebrating in Tahrir Square, but enough to be significant in my mind.


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