After 16 months of conspiracy theories directed against the Egyptian military predicting that the "democratic process" would be subverted to keep allies of former President Hosni Mubarak in power, the commission overseeing that nation’s presidential election has declared Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi the victor.
A surprisingly-low turnout in the runoff June 16–17 election between Morsi and former prime minister Ahmed Shafik was followed by a narrow margin of victory for the Islamist candidate. According to the Associated Press, Morsi won with 51.7 percent of the vote — a margin of victory of only 800,000 votes.
In the weeks leading up to the election, the Egyptian parliament had attempted to force Shafik out of the race by passing a law that would have banned candidates associated with the Mubarak regime from running for office. Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court threw out the law, and also determined that a third of the members of parliament had secured their offices in violation of the nation’s election laws. Removing a third of the parliament effectively dissolved that body, and led to a constitutional crisis on the eve of the election.
When word of Morsi’s electoral victory was released on June 25, the President-elect was quick to give his acceptance speech. The AP reported that he delivered his speech “stiffly as he read from notes,” declaring: "I tell everybody in this memorable day, that because of your choice, your will, and after God's favor, I am a president for all Egyptians."
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Photo of Mohamed Morsi: AP Images