CAIRO, July 1, 2012 - Last Sunday, Dr. Mohammed Morsi was officially announced as president of Egypt after a long period of tension and suspicion. The Muslim Brotherhood candidate won by a narrow margin, with 52 percent of the vote. Voter turnout was only approximately 50 percent. That means only about a quarter of the Egyptian people voted for Dr. Morsi.
The majority of Egyptians who did not vote for Dr. Morsi had wanted a promise of comfort, that Dr. Morsi represented all Egyptians. Women, Christians, Artists, Intellectuals as well as the six million Egyptians who work for the tourism sector, needed to hear Dr. Morsi say that Egypt is a civil democratic country.
On Friday June 29, 2012, Dr. Morsi decided to celebrate his victory by calling his supporters to protest in Tahrir square. He addressed all Egyptians in a strong emotional speech. Morsi promised to protect all citizens whether they voted for him or not. He said, “No rights will be taken from anyone who says no to me.” Morsi also mentioned that he will do everything in his power to secure freedom for detainees, including Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, who was convicted in 1995 for plotting the attack on the World Trade Center. Abdul Rahman is sentenced to life-time imprisonment in the U.S.
Some young Egyptians have launched a page on Facebook, entitled “Morsi’s Meter,” to observe and record the fulfilment of the president’s promises in his first 100 days.
Before Morsi took the oath of office, there was some controversy about the location of the oath. Traditionally, the president takes the oath in front of parliament. However, because the military and the courts dissolved parliament, Morsi was scheduled to take the oath in fron to the Supreme Court of Justice. Some revolutionaries urged Morsi to refuse to take the oath, showing the military he would now bow to their edicts. However, Morsi took the oath in front of the Supreme Court of Justice. The official celebrations took place at the Cairo University, where several high officials attended the watched the Military Council hand power to the elected president as promised.
Morsi has been pressing the generals to restore the parliament and repeal the constitutional amendments which gives the army presidential powers, including the approval of the budget. Legal battles over such vital issues are surely expected between Morsi and the military council.
It is worth noting that Morsi took the oath 3 times in less than 48 hours, perhaps an attempt to comfort people and win their trust, to send a message to all Egyptians Christians or Muslims: that he is now the president who promised to keep Egypt as a democratic civil country.
May peace, prosperity and calm prevail in Egypt, my beloved country.
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