Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood Party has won the presidential runoff in Egypt, the country’s top elections commission official said Sunday, marking a significant turning point in a country struggling to move away from military rule. Mohammed Morsi is now the first officially democratically elected civilian in Egyptian history, marking a true milestone in Egyptian history. Recalling his victory in the Egyptian elections, Morsi stated on his official webpage ”I pledge to be a president who serves his people and works for them, I will not betray God in defending your rights and the rights of this nation.” The Voting Commission stated that Morsi won 51.7 per cent of the vote versus 48.3 per cent for Ahmed Shafiq, who was the last prime minister under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. A bit more than 26 Million Egyptians took part in the elections over the course of the previous few weeks. Some people and associations, such as many Women’s Groups as they are extremely cautious of Morsi and his decisions in the future.
A massive crowd of Morsi supporters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted in congratulation, dancing when the result was read out on live television. Many Egyptians have rallied behind Morsi, pre and during elections, as a chance to finally rid the country of the old Mubarak regime, while others support Shafiq as the best bet to counter Islamists and restore order after a year of protests, economic hardship, and fear about crime and continued instability. Whatever the concern after the election, Morsi will either prove to the world that he is either an avid ruler, or a dictator yet to be found.