By Randy Rose
Out of the frying pan and into the fire, Egypt elects Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi. Morsi won by a narrow margin over Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. The Egypt’s election commission said Morsi took 51.7 percent of the vote versus 48.3 for Shafiq. The first order of business is to get the people under control, just like the Progressives here in the USA. On Saturday, authorities deployed extra security forces across the country, especially near key state institutions. Government and private sector employees were sent home early on Sunday, while many Egyptians stocked up on food and jewelry shops shut down because of concerns over new violence.
Armored vehicles and troops were deployed at exits and entrances to Cairo airport. Riot police clad in black uniforms with shields were deployed around parliament and the streets leading to the Cabinet building nearby were blocked by troops and armored vehicles. The results of Egypt’s first free presidential vote had been delayed for several days, giving way to wild rumors, speculation and anxiety about back room deals and suspected interference by the ruling military council in determining the outcome in favor of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s last Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq. Earlier Sunday, Egyptian police were ordered to confront any attempt to break the law with decisive force ahead of the results being announced as soaring tensions in the country raised fears of a new outbreak of political violence. More to come as events unfold.