June 25, 2012– Election officials in Egypt have declared the winner of the first freely democratically elected president to be Mohammad Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood. The announcement was just one more milestone in the country’s transition to democracy.
However, Morsi’s victory will likely create an uneasy alliance of rule between two rivals, the Egyptian military and Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. The military has been the backbone of power in the country and since Hosni Mubarak resigned as president have run the country since early last year.
Throughout Egypt, celebrations erupted following the announcement that Morsi had won. Both his supporters and his opponents filled the country’s streets. Many of the secular Egyptians looked on uneasily, wondering what the rule will be like under an Islamist. The country has for years seen moderate, secular and pro-American governments.
On Sunday, Morsi received a call from U.S. President Barack Obama said White House officials. Morsi told Obama he welcomed aid and support from the U.S. for the transition Egypt is going through.
Morse took 51.7% of the vote in the runoff held a week ago. He defeated Ahmed Shafiq a former general in the air force and a loyalist to the former regime. Shafiq won 48.3% of the vote.
Morsi is an engineer by trade who was educated in the U.S. and becomes the first freely elected president in the Arab world.