Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi was officially declared Egypt’s first freely elected president on Sunday after a run-off vote against ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq. Morsi supporters erupted in celebration following his victory, while the grief of Shafik supporters settled hard on a nation no stranger to revolutionary results in recent years.
The Darkroom took a look at the very long road to Egypt’s free presidential election just one month ago.
Egypt’s Islamist president gets to work
Edmund Blair and Marwa Awad
8:09 a.m. EDT, June 25, 2012
CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamist Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president whose powers have been curbed by the military, toured his palatial new residence – where ousted leader Hosni Mubarak once lived – and began work on Monday to form a coalition government.
Declared winner on Sunday a week after a nail-biting run-off vote that pitted him against an ex-military officer, the Islamist faces the challenge of meeting sky-high expectations in a nation tired of turmoil while the economy is on the ropes.
But his campaign pledge to complete the revolution that toppled Mubarak last year but left the pillars of his rule intact will come up against the entrenched interests of the generals who have been in charge of the transition to democracy.