Source: National Post
Soon to be, another failed state! The Arab Spring was simply a veil of lies heavily promoted by the leftist media in order to support the uprisings through solidarity of Western citizens. It is a complete and utter failure. They democratically elect Islamofascist governments which will turn the country into another Sharia Sh*thole
CAIRO — The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi claimed victory on Monday in Egypt’s divisive race for the top job, as a military power grab overshadowed the country’s first post-Mubarak presidential election.
Two generals from the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), however, reiterated that the ruling body would transfer power to the new president by June 30, and insisted he will enjoy full presidential powers.
A confirmed win for Mr. Mursi would mark the first time Islamists have taken the presidency of the Arab world’s most populous nation, but military moves that appeared to render the post toothless were slammed by activists as a coup.
Analysts predicted the military would not relinquish power easily.
“The military may partially exit from power after a new round of tough negotiations with the Islamist and the secular opposition on safeguarding its interests,” said Azzedine Layachi, a Middle East expert from St. John’s University in New York. “However, and no matter what, the military will continue to play a dominant role in Egyptian politics. The question for now is whether they will continue to do so directly for the coming years or indirectly behind the facade of a civilian rule.”
Representatives of Mr. Mursi’s rival Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force chief and ex-prime minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, disputed the Brotherhood’s victory claim, calling it an “act of piracy.”
State media reported that initial counts showed Mr. Mursi ahead. “After the counting was finished in all of Egypt’s 27 provinces, indications show that Mohammed Mursi has won 51% and Ahmed Shafiq won 49%,” the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper said on its website.
There were scenes of jubilation at Mr. Mursi’s Cairo headquarters, where the candidate thanked voters in brief remarks after the Brotherhood said he had secured 52% of the ballots cast.
Mr. Mursi pledged to work “hand-in-hand with all Egyptians for a better future, freedom, democracy, development and peace.”
“We are not seeking vengeance or to settle accounts,” he said, adding that he would build a “modern, democratic state” for all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians alike.
Official results are not expected until Thursday.
Mursi supporters, many tearful, screamed with excitement as several hundred people staged a victory rally in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square.
But their jubilation was overshadowed by the prospect of a looming showdown between the Brotherhood and the ruling military, which granted itself sweeping powers.
The new measures came just days after a court packed with judges appointed by Mr. Mubarak dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament, and the military assumed broad authority to arrest civilians — and less than two weeks from the date the rulers set for a transfer of power back to civilians.
The Brotherhood insisted the Islamist-dominated parliament still had the power to legislate.
Its political arm said the Islamists would take part in “all popular activities against the constitutional coup and the dissolution of parliament, beginning on Tuesday,” when activists have called for mass demonstrations.
The SCAF has introduced de facto martial law, given itself control of the legislature and state budget and also granted itself veto power on a new constitution to be written by a panel that it will pick.
“The military hands power to the military,” read the headline of the independent daily Al-Masry al-Youm.
“A president with no powers,” said another independent, Al-Shorouk.
The Brotherhood, which was accused of monopolizing politics after last year’s revolt, now finds itself increasingly marginalised, and even faces a lawsuit challenging its legitimacy and legal status.
But the military insists it will transfer power to the new president.