Egypt: Celebrating the New President?!

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.

4 thoughts on “Egypt: Celebrating the New President?!

  1. I would like to give some insider viewpoint on this issue. I currently live in Egypt, and I think it is safe to say that media has played such a huge role in giving that false image of “celebration” to the outside world. They highlighted Tahrir Square (invaded by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supporters at the time of celebrations) as being the face of the revolution, they intentionally ignored other sit-ins and objections made at other squares of Cairo and other governorates as anti-Morsi or anti MB in general. A few basic statistics that I wish the world knew to reveal the reality of the claimed ‘democratic’ elections. Egypt population is roughly 80 million, 50 M of which are elgigible to vote. In the first stage of elections, 40 M did actually vote. During the second round between Morsi and Shafiq, only 25 M voted; most of the rest boycotted the elections on purpose, some spoiled their votes to express their dissatisfaction of both candidates. For them, it was like giving an option to a life sentenced innocent person on how they choose to be killed. Making a choice means they agree to their sentence. So, half of the eligible population chose not to vote.

    Now, come to those who did; a large proportion of those who voted for Morsi did so just becasue they were afraid of Shafiq as a symbol of the old regime and the opposite also holds true, where some voted for Shafiq in fear of the MB ruling. This is of course in addition to those who do support their candidates and voted for them.

    Then, look at the results, Morsi won by 51% of the votes, basically around 13M votes. Zoning out.. looking at the whole 80M (minimum estimate) population and how 13M voted for the new President, I find it hard to claim I live in a democratic country yet. Most people here are disappointed, some say R.I.P Egypt’s Revolution. It’s not as rosey painted as the media shows. Lots of tears were shed the day of the Presidency elections reults came out. A large number of Egyptians are fleeing the country, others are preparing their papers to do so. I am only stating here official numbers and facts. I could go on for pages about the frauds that were claimed to occur in the ballots, but unfortunately I do not have enough official evidence.

    I am sure most are aware that at the time of revolution, a lot of prisons were attacked to free prisoners; an act highly suspected to be by MB followers whose prisoners were freed. I bet the media hides the fact that Morsi was one of those who fled from one of those prisons!!!

    The fact is, we replaced one monarch with a fiercer one. The MB are known for their terroristic history, I, for one do not trust them with my home country and am only hoping for the best.


  2. I am sorry for Egypt and most expecialy for the generality of Africans who believe in democracy. As an African in self induced exil, I cry everyday for my people. I long to go back home, but after hearing about this type of nake truth. I know that my dream is not yet at my door steps.

    Thanks anyway for reporting such nake truth. I admire your courage.


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