CAIRO — Egyptians picked a conservative Islamist as their first
freely elected president, officials announced Sunday, giving the Muslim
Brotherhood a platform to challenge entrenched military authority and
electrifying the Arab world’s most populous nation with one of the most
concrete signs of democratic change since the revolution last year.
Mohamed Morsi’s victory represented a watershed moment for
Egyptian Islamists, who were tortured and repressed during decades of
autocratic regimes, and it sparked jubilant celebrations in Tahrir Square, the heart of the revolution. But the result raised as many questions as it answered. Morsi will assume a position that was
recently weakened by
Egypt’s ruling generals through a constitutional decree. And he will
not have the backing of the country’s Islamist-dominated parliament,
which was dissolved by a court order.
Read the complete story(Some news sites require registration)