(photo credit: MOHAMED ABD EL-GHANY / REUTERS)
It is now official: the new president of Egypt is Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim
Brotherhood candidate who squeaked into office with 51.73 percent of t he vote.
President Morsi won 13.2 million votes out of a total of just over 26 million
in the June 16-17 runoff against Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister and former
air force commander, Ahmed Shafiq. It was the first democratic election in
Egyptian history.With the result, the specter of a stolen election,
which the Islamists would have surely decried had Shafiq been declared the
winner, receded, and with it the possibility that the Algerian scenario of 1991-
92 would repeat itself, plunging Egypt into chaos and violence.