Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi is the winner of the Egyptian presidential elections, the Egyptian election council finally announced today.
Morsi won with roughly 52% of the vote, and his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under ousted three-decade dictator Hosni Mubarak, got 48%.
Watch the English-language media spin this story into one about U.S. and European economic and diplomatic interests in the Middle East, the Palestine-Israel conflict, and rising political Islam in neighboring countries. Anything to deny the world’s largest Arab country its five minutes of attention — and analysis.
I’m not in Egypt to tell you, but just by reading tweets from Egypt on Twitter, as one would expectt, there are people who are deeply relieved that “felool” or left-overs from the ancien regime did not maintain power through Shafik.
Others are terrified that the Brotherhoods’ post-revolutionary tightening on religious infractions will grow tighter and make life harder for Egypt’s already marginalized Christians and secularists.
How typical that, in the past few days of anticipation in Egypt about the fate of its nation’s presidential post, this article came out on Voice of America sidestepping Egypt for an entirely different part of the region altogether. #JustSayin
*Massoud Hayoun is a staff writer at Muftah. He also edits Kansastan, a blog on the intersections between the West and the Middle East and North Africa region.