Mursi steps up to the plate of Egypt's new democratic dawn
After twenty or more years underground, the Muslim Brotherhood are finally out in the open (though technically still ducking absolute responsibility) and winning the election of the century.
Mohammed Mursi was a frontrunner from the beginning and despite fears of an Islamist takeover, many Egyptians will see his victory as a triumph for the revolution.
When he first joined the election race, Mursi was called the Brotherhood ‘spare wheel’ after their first choice of candidate was disqualified. But the 60 year old engineer has gone on to prove his doubters wrong.
Targeting devout Muslims and Salafists, Mursi won almost 70% of the vote in the first round of elections. Now he has come up trumps with 51.73 percent of the entire vote. Throughout his campaign, he has promised to implement Shariah Law, causing Copts and moderates to panic about the potential for extremism in the North African nation.
But Egyptians are clearly in the mood for a little more religion with their politics and are sick of being one of the only Arab countries to negotiate with Israel. The Brotherhood said early on that the key Israeli peace treaty would most certainly be up for a re-think.
So with the victory under his belt, maybe Mursi will become more famous than his (sort of) namesake, Barcelona football extraordinaire, Lionel Messi.
Please share your thoughts and reactions to the Mursi win for Egypt and democracy. Are you celebrating with the Muslim Brotherhood, or weeping for Shafiq tonight?