The new president elect of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, has moved into the office once occupied by ousted leader Hosni Mubarak and has begun work on forming his new government, an aide said.
On Sunday, Morsi was declared winner of Egypt’s first free election in decades. Morsi’s win comes after a tight race with Mubarak’s last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.
Mixed reactions trail Morsi’s victory. While many Egyptians shunned Shafiq, whom many saw as a continuation of Mubaraka’s rule, they were equally wary of Morsi.
Youth groups behind the Egypt uprising who campaigned for a secular state, as well as many of the country’s Christian society, fear Morsi’s association with the Muslim brotherhood.
Shortly after winning the elections, however, Morsi quit the Brotherhood.
Mohammed Morsi’s win was greeted with jubilation across Egypt. Morsi is the first civilian president to take over the country and is still considered a big win for the Islamist group.
Morsi quit the Brotherhood in keeping with a promise he made during the the campaign, saying he will be a “president for all Egyptians”.
The newly elected Egyptian president now faces a daunting power-struggle with dominant military rulers who took over after Mubarak’s ouster and have promised to hand over power by July 1 to an elected president.
Ruling generals dissolved the country’s first freely-elected parliament just two days before the runoff elections. It raises the question as to where Morsi will be sworn in.
According to CBS News, authorities have said the nation’s highest court could oversee the swearing in, but supporters are pushing for the parliament to be reinstated.
Morsi supporters, backed by liberal and secular youth groups, plan on continuing their protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square until the military rescinds their decrees and reinstate the parliament.