Egyptians are waiting with bated breaths the final outcome of the last round of the presidential elections in their country.
The first phase, as expected, did not give the required 50% per cent votes to any of the candidates. Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi (60), the US educated Islamist scholar, has so far garnered 26 per cent votes. He is expected to be pitted against Ahmed Shafiq, who had been the last Prime Minister of Egypt under the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. He is a Leftist, personal friend of Mubarak and his ardent supporter. He has been appealing to Egyptians on the need to maintain rule of law and fight lawlessness. In large sections of the country he still inspires the fear, that, if elected, he might revive the autocratic methods of his former boss Mubarak. His past record and the present fear of the large majority of Egyptians may work against him and pave the way for an easy win for Mohammed Morsi.
The final round will take place on Jun 16-17 and the final results would be out on Jun 21.
If elected, as is widely expected, Mr. Morsi and his party will have a tight rope to walk upon. It is after six decades long trials and tribulations that the Ikhwan will get a chance to show the world an example of their Islamic governance. Besides, they have to address the pressing economic and social problems of the country. They have to satisfy the Christian Copts and other sections that do not see eye to eye with them. Further, they have to face the vested interests existing as a legacy of the Nasser-Sadat-Mubarak period, a powerful business class and well-entrenched bureaucrats. Yet it is expected that with their majority in the newly elected parliament and the great store of goodwill they have in the shape of basically Islam-loving majority of the country, they will steer the ship of hope in the blue waters of the Nile.
Egypt is the gift of God brought by the Nile. Let Ikhwan prove to be a greater gift of God for the 80 million people of the largest Arab and Islamic country. Certainly what Egypt thinks now, the whole Arab world will think tomorrow. We wish all success to Egyptian brothers in their efforts to revive Islam in their country.