Egypt Gets A President

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 25 2012 @ 1:18pm


Wendell Steavenson analyzes the situation:

Morsi has been given a mandate, but it is far from overwhelming. He will attain a Presidency without a constitution or a parliament, and his administration will begin in the midst of an ongoing power struggle with the military. It is not at all clear, either, how long he will serve—certain generals have already said that there will need to be a new Presidential election in light of a new constitution. But in the middle of all the ongoing uncertainty, today was a moment to reflect that, despite everything, a free and fair election was conducted and that Egypt, for the first time in its seven-thousand-year history, as one protester in Tahrir Square put it to me, had chosen its own leader.

Issandr El Amrani considers America's interests:

The US' real favored outcome has been clear for a while: a strong, rooted civilian party restoring stability (and decent economic governance) in the Brothers and clear red lines on issues such as foreign policy (especially towards Israel) and unfettered bilateral military-to-military relations (overflight rights, fast-track Suez Canal access, etc.). In other words, some sort of understanding between the Brothers and the generals. In a sense, Egypt could use a breather away from the revolutionary fervor and responsible people getting the house in order. But alongside with this comes worrying possibilities: an uneasy military-Islamist alliance, perpetually unstable, with the generals undermining the civilians and the Islamists resorting to populist antics in their impotence. It's a different time and a different set of circumstances, but late 1980s Sudan is not exactly an inspiring example of Islamist-military coexistence.

Brian Ulrich hopes for the best:

What I would definitely like to see is the appointment of a national unity government that includes a non-Islamist prime minister and representatives of all the major revolutionary trends or factions. Hopefully the MB will have learned from the fracas over the constitutional committee that Egyptians elected them to supervise a transition, not begin remaking the country in their own image.

(Photo: Egyptians set off fireworks in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as they celebrate the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Morsi, in Egypt's presidential elections on June 24, 2012. Tens of thousands packed into Tahrir Square in the largest celebration the protest hub has witnessed since Hosni Mubarak's ouster. By Khaled Desouki /AFP/Getty Images)