CAIRO - Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohamed Morsi won Egypt's first free presidential election, replacing Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in a popular revolution last year.Morsi, the leader of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, defeated his rival former premier Ahmed Shafiq.
Morsi was thrust into the race for Egypt’s presidency after the disqualification of the Brotherhood’s main candidate Khairat Al-Shater.
Morsi promises to bring security, stability, justice and prosperity to Egypt after three decades of dictatorship under Mubarak.
He champions the Brotherhood’s program for achieving “renaissance” in Egypt after Mubarak’s fall.
On Israel’s relations, Morsi says he will keep Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with the Jewish state, but will not meet Israeli officials. He has promised to prioritize the Palestinian issue.
Morsi is remembered by many Egyptians for his impassioned speech lambasting official incompetence behind Egypt's worst rail disaster in 2002, which brought a rare flash of excitement to a rubber-stamp parliament stuffed with Mubarak supporters.
He lost his seat in the next election in 2005.
Having a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of South California, Morsi was a spokesman of the Brotherhood’s political wing for the past decade.
Like other top Brotherhood officials, he tends to hedge his policy preferences within the general conviction that a more pious society will be a more successful, less corrupt one, while reassuring the country's large Christian minority that their rights will be protected.Brotherhood colleagues may see Morsi as a safe pair of hands given his background as a spokesman and electoral strategist for the movement, which spent years skirting a ban from official politics by fielding its candidates as independents.