Egypt’s first Islamist president takes oath of office
Simply utter the phrase “Muslim Brotherhood” and you’re guaranteed to stir dark animal passions among conservative politicians and commentators — or at least public approximations of dark animal passions. The election of the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi as Egypt’s president has kicked those passions into overdrive.
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Dan Murphy is a staff writer for the Monitor’s international desk, focused on the Middle East.
In Pictures: Turmoil in Egypt
For many, the Egyptian political movement has joined a long line of American boogeyman with a secret plot to rule the world, from the Masons to the Catholics to the United Nations. In Egypt, there are similar night terrors. Tawfiq Okasha, a conspiratorial TV show host known as the Egyptian Glen Beck, likes to rail against the Masonic/American/Muslim Brotherhood plot to destroy Egypt.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh earlier this week went on a rant implying that the Brothers have already managed to take over parts of President Barack Obama’s White House after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement on Morsi’s election. Morsi, read the oath of office in a packed Tahrir today, looking and sounding the part of the leader of the Arab world’s largest country. This weekend, he was confirmed the winner of the first free presidential election in Egyptian history.
“We expect president-elect Morsi, as he forms a government, to demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity that is manifest by representatives of the women of Egypt, of the Coptic Christian community, of the secular non-religious community and, of course, young people,” Ms. Clinton said. “We hope that full democracy is understood to be more than one election.”
That’s a pretty tepid statement, bowing to the reality of an election and making a general appeal for the protection of minority and women’s rights.
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