Monday, June 18, 2012

And the New Egyptian President is ……….. "Updated"

@8:48 AM

And the initial results in 26 governorates shows Morsi can be very very close to the presidential palace more than we can think.
Mohamed Morsi 52.87% 11,749,489
Ahmed Shafik 47.12% 10,473,429
The only governorate we are waiting for its full results is Cairo that already favors Shafik over Morsi. Already 96% of its results have been known but we are waiting for the results of West Cairo. Here is a great interactive map from Ahram Online which I stole all the info from there.
By Ahram Online without Cairo
Here is another interactive map from Morsi’s campaign , ironically they are classifying the governorates in to red and blue like the red and blue states !!
Morsi held a press conference at 4 AM declaring his early victory. “I did not like the move by the way”
Here is a photo gallery from the conference by dear Jonathan Rashad.

I woke up already by their supporters’ celebrations in the streets “I leave near the house of martyr Mostafa El Sawy of MB who was killed on January 28,2011.”
Now here is the result of the Egyptian Expats elections abroad :
Mohamed Morsi 222,009
Ahmed Shafik 74723
It is worth to mention that the results of Egyptian Expats’ vote have not been declared officially by SPEC.  It is expected to be announced on today at the ministry of foreign affairs.
Tens of MB supporters  are celebrating their initial victory in Tahrir square and actually the Shafik’s supporters White cabbies are not that happy with these results. Again it is too early to celebrate in this way.

@ 11:00 AM

Ok from an hour ago the polling stations officially closed their doors in front of voters and the votes count has started officially across 13,000 polling stations in 27 governorates. A long sleepless night not only Egyptians but also Arabic are watching carefully to know who will the next 5th president of Egypt : Mohamed Morsi or Ahmed Shafik.
The results of the small polling stations began to find way online form governorates.
I think it is going to be a very long night.
May Allah bless the souls of our martyrs who brought to us this moment regardless how defected it is. Nothing is perfect.


  1. Agree nothing is perfect. It is a special moment but it is bitter sweet. Egyptians: damned if they do and damned if they don't

  2. Now the real battle begins. With all my reservations against him, El-Baradei cabinet will solidify Morsi's presidency in its uphill battle to dismantle the deep-seated Army hold on power in Egypt.

  3. A foreign journalist described the Egyptian election as a choice between Cholera and the black plague!

  4. Over 90 percent of Muslims and Arabs polled in 10 Muslim-majority countries consider democracy to be the best form of government.

    They say they want Islamic values to govern but they do not want strict implementation of shari.

    So there is a struggle for the soul of Islam and it did not start yesterday or after 9-11 but has been going on for at least a century [among] those calling for modernising the Muslim world. People in Egypt in particular have been calling for a reinterpretation of Islam for over one hundred years.

    Religious freedom is very important -- the idea of no compulsion in religion. To have it compulsion in religion defeats the purpose of religion, it defeats God’s will. Islam really emphasises that people have to decide to believe.

    There were many examples in Muslim history where people in mosques were debating the existence of God, especially in the first three centuries.

    I believe that a religion has to be a matter of free choice. That is the way God intended it.

    There are two basic political principles that are heavily emphasised in the Qur'an: justice and shura. Shura means consultation.

    The problem is that there are no clear institutions or methods that are identified on how this consultation should take place. I say that Muslims have failed in interpreting this message and in applying the idea of shura.

    Turkey is an example for optimism. Turkey is a very good example today of a Muslim democratic state and society.

    We have a state that does not force religion on people, but the people of Turkey are some of the most religious people in the Middle East and in the Muslim world.

    We need to reinterpret Islam, but how can we do that in dictatorships where everything is controlled by the state?

    Democracy is the key because it will give us the opportunity to talk about all these other problems and to solve them. It will take time. We need the freedom to talk about what Islam means in the 21st century.


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