Despite the unsettled political tensions and power struggles, despite the fact that Mr Morsi – the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate – was not the first choice of many Egyptians and has only narrowly defeated his rival, despite the undeniable challenges facing the elected president, the announcement of President Mohamed Morsi as the first president after the Egyptian Revolution has stimulated magnificent celebrations. Upon the announcement, shining festival atmospheres have flown over the country mirroring the celebrations of Mubarak’s ousting 16 months ago. This outstanding scene in Egypt’s history necessitates some analyses.
For the masses of Egyptians that have congregated at Tahrir Square Morsi represented the last chance for the genuineness of the revolution, since the alternative was Mubarak’s last Prime Minister – Marshal Ahmed Shafiq – the candidate most closely associated with the pre-revolution’s regime. Many of those who did not deeply support Mr Morsi, including some fearing the monopolisation of power by Islamist groups, were pleased by the defeat of Marshal Shafiq as a sign of an end to Mubarak’s regime and a breakdown of Egypt’s ‘deep state’. Indeed, Mohamed Morsi is the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s history, and, as demanded by most protesters, the first civilian president as well.
Beside celebrating their freedom of choice, their right to have a say and their power to cause a change, Egyptians have celebrated their revolution’s success in surpassing one of its major challenges during the presidential elections. Even though deposing Mubarak and electing a new president are not, in themselves, the ultimate goals of the Egyptian revolution, Egyptians have chosen to welcome these first steps with inspiring, motivational moments.