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June 25th, 2012
06:06 AM ET

One for all and all for Egypt: CNN's Ian Lee on president-elect Mohammed Morsi's message of unity

Cairo (CNN) - Euphoric jubilation spilled into a second day Monday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where revelers celebrated the election of Egypt's first democratically elected president.

But with the hopes of the Egyptian revolution resting on President-Elect Mohamed Morsi's shoulders, the former Muslim Brotherhood member faces an array of challenges both at home and abroad.

For the moment, the presidency is largely a figurehead position as Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) maintains widespread control over the country - just as it has since Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule succumbed to a popular revolt last year.
Under an interim constitutional declaration, the military council said it retains the power to make laws and budget decisions until a new constitution is written and a new parliament is elected.

In his first speech since defeating former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, Morsi said he is "in charge," while also stressing he must answer to the people.

"We are all equal in rights, and we all have obligations to carry on for this country," he said Sunday night. "As for myself, I have no rights, but I have obligations."

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Ian Lee looks at how Egyptians are taking this message of unity.


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  1. Sho

    I think theree2€™s a lot to learn about conservative cistrhians. Like them or not, they are here to stay and will continue to shape politics for the next 50 years or so.I know. Sad isn't it? I was just thinking about something akin to this. Neo-conservatives like Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes, Fred Kagan, and the rest of the delusional lot are still rather young, most in their mid to late 40s. They are hardened in their positions. Even a magnificent failure as Iraq won't change their perception; to do so would undermine what they've lived for for so long. So sad that we have to live with these kinds of people for still several decades longer.

    July 29, 2012 at 12:16 am | Reply

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