Egypt´s Morsi: We´ll uphold international agreements (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roi Kais Published: 06.24.12, 23:33)
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In first address as new president, Muslim Brotherhood member promises
to lead ´all Egyptians,´ pays tribute to ´martyrs´ of last year´s
uprising against Mubarak regime
In his first address to the nation, just hours after being declared
Egypt´s new president, Islamist Mohamed Morsi pledged to "preserve
international accords and obligations" - a reference to the peace
deal with Israel.
However, Morsi did not specifically mention Israel or the 1979 peace
In a televised address, the Muslim Brotherhood member, who defeated
former President Hosni Mubarak´s last Prime Minster Ahmed Shafik in a
race that raised political tensions in Egypt to a fever pitch,
said "we are sending a message of peace to the world.
"We´ll establish balanced relations with all of the world´s countries
on the basis of common interests," he said, while promising to
be "the president of all Egyptians – Muslims, Christians, the
elderly, children, women, men, farmers, teachers, workers, those who
work in the private and public sectors, and the merchants."
Morsi paid tribute to nearly 900 protesters killed in last year´s
uprising, saying without the "blood of the martyrs," he would not
have made it to the presidency.
"With their blood the planted the tree of freedom," he said. "I
wouldn´t be here today as the first freely elected president without
the sacrifices of the martyrs."
Morsi also praised the Egyptian military and justice system, which he
said must remain independent from the executive and legislative
In a non-confrontational speech, he did not mention the last-minute
power grab by the ruling military that stripped the president of most
of his major powers.
Morsi was declared the winner Sunday in Egypt´s first free
presidential election in history, closing the tumultuous first phase
of a democratic transition and opening a new struggle with the still-
dominant military rulers who recently stripped the presidency of most
of its powers.
In Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising that ousted
autocratic President Mubarak, joyous Morsi supporters wept and
kneeled on the ground in prayer as soon as they heard the outcome
announced live television. They danced, set off fireworks and
released doves in the air with Morsi´s picture attached in
celebrations not seen in the square since Mubarak was forced out on
Feb. 11, 2011.
Morsi, the 60-year old US-trained engineer, narrowly defeated Shafik
with 51.7% of the vote versus 48.3, by a margin of only 800,000
votes, the election commission said. Turnout was 51%.
Shafik congratulated Morsi on his victory. AP contributed to the
report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/24/12)
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