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Morsi First Democratically Elected Egyptian President

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Morsi First Democratically Elected Egyptian President

2012-06-25 12:31:211 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Alex Manini, Staff Writer; Image: Mohamed Morsi (Image Source: AP)

For the thousands of civilian protesters who took part in the landmark Arab Spring protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, an air of victory descended upon Egypt this weekend as President-Elect Mohamed Morsi was selected to replace ousted leader Hosni Mubarak as the nation’s first democratically elected president.

Morsi, an Islamist former Muslim Brotherhood member, will now attempt to aid the rebuild the nation in the center of the 2011 civil uprisings that swept the region and garnered 24-hour international attention.

“We’ve been waiting for it for 7,000 years,” Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, told CNN. “For the first time in history, we have our own president, elected by us.”

Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) maintains widespread control over the North African nation, explaining that is will retain legislative and financial decisions until a new constitution is written, though the role of President could evolve.

Skepticism still remains following 30 years of Mubarak’s rule.

After defeating Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik in the groundbreaking election, Morsi spoke to the country’s people.

“We are all equal in rights, and we all have obligations to carry on for this country,” he said last night. “As for myself, I have no rights, but I have obligations.”

Of those who were killed in the vivid and often horrific acts involved in the clashes during the Arab Spring, Morsi addressed the topic simply, explaining "this blood will not go in vain.”

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