June 24, 2012
Muslim Brotherhood candidate declared winner of Egyptian presidential election
The Muslim Brotherhood, which has been making political moves since the Arab Spring, is now atop Egyptian politics (at least symbolically). Its presidential candidate, Mohamed Morsi, was declared today the winner of the country’s first democratic presidential election.
I’m a bit confused by that historical reference. Islamic history predates Muhammad and the 7th century, but neither Jews nor Christians, with whom Muslims share their Abrahamic origins, consider Abraham to have lived more than 4,000 years ago. Regardless, this is a milestone in Muslim politics, at least in Egypt.
There were many concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood rising to power in a post-Mubarak Egypt—not least of all Coptic Christians and Israel. But the Muslim Brotherhood may have been the better of two Islamist options.
For what it’s worth, Morsi’s spokesman told Al Jazeera that Egypt’s government will be secular:
More on Morsi, and questions about his power in light of the military government, in this Reuters profile.