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Friday, June 29, 2012

North Africa new era heralded by Cal State professor, Egyptian President Elect

Mohamed Morsi speaks at Revolution Square on pre-inauguration day
Re-reporting, editing by Carolyn Bennett

In today’s speech, Morsi said: 

We will complete the journey in a civil state, a nationalist state, a constitutional state, a modern state.

I don't fear my people.

Respecting the will of the people is the basis of our foreign relations.

No institution is above the people.

We will never give up the rights of Egyptians abroad.

In Mohamed Morsi’s biography

News reports have spelled this name variously: Mohamed Mursi (AllAfrica); Mohamed Morsy (AFP); Mohamed Morsi (Al Jazeera English; Mohammed Mursi (BBC)

On June 24, 2012, Egypt’s election commission announced that Morsi had won that country’s presidential runoff against Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under Egypt’s deposed leader, Hosni Mubarak.

Before becoming president-elect, Morsi was a Member of Parliament, elected as an independent, in the People’s Assembly of Egypt (2000-2005) and a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood.

He was a member of the Guidance Office of the Muslim Brotherhood until the founding of the Freedom and Justice Party in 2011, at which point he was elected by the Brotherhood’s Guidance Office to be the first president of the new party. He had been Chairman of the FJP, a political party founded by the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. In the May–June 2012 presidential election, Morsi stood as the FJP’s candidate.

Mohamed Morsi took his academic credentials in engineering at Cairo University (Bachelor’s and Master’s in1975 and 1978); and at the University of Southern California, U.S. (Ph.D. in 1982; and was an assistant professor at California State University-Northridge (1982-1985). In the later year, he returned to Egypt to teach at Zagazig University.

Muhammad Morsi Isa al-Ayyat (Wikipedia spelling) was born August 20, 1951, in the Sharqia Governorate of in northern Egypt.

The country

Egypt’s land frontiers border Libya to the west, The Sudan to the south, and Israel to the northeast. In the north, its Mediterranean coastline is about 620 miles (1,000 km), and in the east its coastline on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba is about 1,200 miles (1,900 km) Britannica.

Inauguration Day

News sources report that President-elect Mohamed Morsi will formally take his oath tomorrow morning. He will then travel to Cairo University to deliver an inauguration speech.

Sources and notes

“Egypt: Mursi to Take Oath Before Constitutional Court Saturday,” June 29, 2012, http://allafrica.com/stories/201206290015.html

Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Morsi

“Egypt’s Morsi defies military in fiery speech” (Al Jazeera), June 29, 2012, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/06/201262916347287161.html

Caption at Al Jazeera: Tens of thousands of people gathered in Tahrir Square for the speech, many waiting for hours in the heat [EPA]


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