Islamist Morsi Elected Egypt's President

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Islamist Mohammed Morsi has aroused hopes and fears by winning Egypt's first free presidential election.

In Cairo's Tahrir Square, joyous supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood wept and knelt in prayer when they heard the announcement. Many are now demanding that he take on Egypt's military rulers and wrestle back the powers they took from his office just one week ago.

In his first televised speech, the 60-year old U.S.-trained engineer tried to reassure minority Christians who mostly backed his rival because they fear Islamic rule. Morsi said, "I am a president for all Egyptians."

He also said, "If I don't obey God in serving you, you have no commitment to obey me."

Morsi added that he carries "a message of peace" to the world and pledged to preserve Egypt's international accords, a reference to the peace deal with Israel. Morsi is anti-Israel but he does not call for annulling Egypt's 1979 peace treaty.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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