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Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egyptian Presidency

From a joyous Associated Press:

Islamist claims victory in Egypt president vote

June 18, 2012

CAIRO (AP) — Islamist candidate Mohammed Morsi declared victory Monday in Egypt’s first free presidential election since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster 16 months ago. But the military council that has ruled since the uprising issued an interim constitution just as polls were closing that gave the generals sweeping authority to maintain their grip on power and subordinate the nominal head of state.

Though official results have not yet been announced, the Brotherhood released a tally that showed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood took nearly 52 percent of the vote to defeat Mubarak’s last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq with about 48 percent in a very close race

If Morsi’s victory is confirmed in the official result, it would be the first victory of an Islamist as head of state in the stunning wave of pro-democracy uprisings that swept the Middle East the past year.

Isn’t that great news?! Nothing says "pro-democracy" like electing radical Muslims who will impose Sharia Law with an iron fist.

But the military’s last minute power grab sharpens the possibility of confrontation and more of the turmoil that has beset Egypt since Mubarak’s overthrow.

And we don’t want turmoil It’s better if Egypt just join the Caliphate and be quiet about it.

By midday, several hundred flag-waving supporters had gathered at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising, to celebrate.

What exactly are they celebrating? A return to the 6th century?

In a victory speech at his headquarters in the middle of the night, Morsi, 60, clearly sought to assuage the fears of many Egyptians that the Brotherhood will try to impose stricter provisions of Islamic law. He said he seeks "stability, love and brotherhood for the Egyptian civil, national, democratic, constitutional and modern state" and made no mention of Islamic law.

And why shouldn’t we believe him? After all, the Muslim Brotherhood said they weren’t behind the Arab Spring, until they said they were behind it. They said they wouldn’t put up candidates for Parliament, until they put up candidates. They said they wouldn’t field a candidate for President, until they ran a candidate for President.

They even said they would not join forces with the other radical Islamist party, until they joined forces with them.

"Thank God, who successfully led us to this blessed revolution. Thank God, who guided the people of Egypt to this correct path, the road of freedom, democracy," the bearded, U.S.-educated engineer declared

No, "correct path" sounds very open, and not radical Muslim at all.

By the group’s count, Morsi took 13.2 million votes, or 51.8 percent, to Shafiq’s 48.1 percent, of 25.5 million votes with more than 99 percent of the more than 13,000 poll centers counted. Official final results are not expected until Thursday, and Shafiq’s campaign challenged the Brotherhood’s victory claim, which was based on the group’s own compilation of election officials’ returns from nearly all polling centers nationwide. The Brotherhood’s early, partial counts proved generally accurate in last month’s first round vote

After all, they count the ballots.

The Arab Spring uprisings have brought greater power to Islamists in countries where longtime authoritarian leaders were toppled – but Morsi would be the first Islamist president. The Islamist Ennahda party won elections in Tunisia for a national assembly and it leads a coalition government, but the president is a leftist. Libya’s leadership remains in confusion and there is no president, though Islamists play a strong role, and an Islamist party is part of the coalition government in Yemen under a president who was once ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh’s deputy

Isn’t that wonderful? We should all celebrate the first Islamist president, besides all the other ones.

In any case, we sure hope the Egyptians enjoyed their brief experiment with ‘democracy.’ Maybe in another two or three hundred years, they will get another crack at it.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egyptian Presidency”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    All of this has no doubt come as a great surprise to our State Department since they’re doing their dead level best to insure that people from throughout the world can come to the United States with bomb making skills or not. Isn’t this a great country?

    Diversity for the sake of diversity: a concept worthy of the United States State Department- at Loon Central!

  2. P. Aaron says:

    We thought Mubarak was expensive to prop up.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    What a shocking turn of events. Who could have seen this coming?

    (hint … the Holy Bible)

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