**UPDATED below with White House Statement**
“There is no such thing called an Islamic democracy. There is democracy only. … The people are the source of authority,” he said. Asked about the role of women, he vowed that “women’s rights are equal to men.” And asked whether he would maintain Egypt’s 1979 accord with Israel, Morsi answered, “Yes, of course I will. I will respect it provided the other side keep it up and respect it.” – Egypt’s new president: U.S.-educated Islamist
THE ABAB SPRING has manifested the first Islamic head of state. Egypt’s people have spoken, placing a once banned political entity to leadership.
What the Egyptian military SCAF’s recent constitutional coup will mean for president-elect Mursi remains to be seen.
Egypt’s electoral commission announced Sunday that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi would be sworn in as president, becoming the Arab world’s first elected Islamist head of state after more than a year of popular uprisings that ousted autocrats and fueled the rise of political Islam in the region.
Although Egypt’s ruling generals blunted the power of the presidency shortly after polls closed last weekend, Morsi’s victory represented a remarkable turn of fortunes. The organization was outlawed and systematically suppressed for decades, including under the three-decade regime of deposed former president Hosni Mubarak.
The earth’s tilt of the summer solstice seems to have shifted the Northern Hemisphere’s reality in more ways than seasonal.
From the Mubarak’s torture chambers has come a political revolution that also spawned terrorist cells, which will now become part of a raging debate in America about the power of freedom in the Middle East and what it means when unleashed.
We’ll have to see, but women of Egypt could be in for quite a battle.
President-elect Morsi has said previously that he supports women’s rights, but also that he wants “peace” with Israel. Unfortunately, he’s also said women are not allowed to attain the presidency, and called Israeli leaders “vampires.”
Somewhere in paradise Sayyid Qutb is celebrating.
UPDATED: Statement by the Press Secretary on Egypt:
The United States congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi on his victory in Egypt’s Presidential election, and we congratulate the Egyptian people for this milestone in their transition to democracy.
We look forward to working together with President-elect Morsi and the government he forms, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States. We believe that it is important for President-elect Morsi to take steps at this historic time to advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies in consultations about the formation of a new government. We believe in the importance of the new Egyptian government upholding universal values, and respecting the rights of all Egyptian citizens – including women and religious minorities such as Coptic Christians. Millions of Egyptians voted in the election, and President-elect Morsi and the new Egyptian government have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry.
The United States intends to work with all parties within Egypt to sustain our long-standing partnership as it consolidates its democracy. We commend the Presidential Election Commission and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) for their role in supporting a free and fair election, and look forward to the completion of a transition to a democratically-elected government. We believe it is essential for the Egyptian government to continue to fulfill Egypt’s role as a pillar of regional peace, security and stability. And we will stand with the Egyptian people as they pursue their aspirations for democracy, dignity, and opportunity, and fulfill the promise of their revolution.