Hamas welcomes self-declared Morsy win in Egypt election (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 06/18/12)
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Hamas leaders Monday welcomed the self-declared victory of Muslim
Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy in the presidential election and
expressed hope that he would change Egypt´s policy toward the
The campaigns of both the Muslim Brotherhood´s candidate Mohamed
Morsy and former air force commander Ahmed Shafik have claimed they
are leading the race, each citing their own unofficial tallies.
Egypt´s presidential election committee is still compiling results
from polling stations and is scheduled to announce the winner of the
country´s first real presidential vote on Thursday.
Shortly after Morsy appeared on TV to claim victory in the
presidential election, hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets
in the Gaza Strip to celebrate his victory, eyewitnesses reported.
They said that Palestinians distributed sweets and marched in the
streets, carrying large posters of Morsy and chanting slogans in
favor of Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood organization.
Palestinians said that Morsy´s victory was a "gift" to Hamas and a
blow to its rivals in the Palestinian Authority, whose
representatives in Ramallah did not comment on the election.
One PA official, however, said that the Palestinian leadership would
comment only after the final and official results of the vote are
Morsy´s victory is also seen by Palestinians as a blow to efforts to
achieve reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.
In recent weeks the two parties have been trying to reach agreement
on the formation of a new Palestinian "national consensus" government
under the auspices of the Egyptian authorities.
Emboldened by Morsy´s election, Hamas will now adopt a tougher stance
in the talks with Fatah to achieve reconciliation, according to
Palestinian political analysts in the West Bank.
"This is good news for Hamas and bad news for [PA President] Mahmoud
Abbas and Fatah," said Ayman Abu Omar, a newspaper columnist from the
West Bank. "The fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has won the election
in Egypt will strengthen Hamas."
Hamas leaders Musa Abu Marzouk and Ismail Haniyeh were the first
Palestinians to congratulate the Muslim Brotherhood on their victory
in the Egyptian election.
The two men expressed hope that Egypt would support the Palestinians
and reopen the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip permanently.
They also voiced hope that Egypt´s policy toward Israel would change.
Haniyeh hailed the results of the election as a "democratic wedding"
and expressed hope that Egypt would enjoy stability and security
under the new president.
He said the Palestinians were pinning high hopes on the new
leadership in Egypt.
"Israel wanted [secular presidential candidate] Ahmed Shafik, while
Hamas and the rest of the Palestinians wanted Morsy," said Bara
Sharaf, a columnist affiliated with Hamas. "The Egyptian people
wanted the people in Tel Aviv to be unhappy and the people in the
Gaza Strip to celebrate."
The Gaza Strip, he added, "has every right to be happy today after
suffering for many years because of [ousted Egyptian President] Hosni
Mubarak´s hostility toward Hamas."
Reuters contributed to this report (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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