Jun 25, 2012
By Jane Brown
Egypt’s newly elected President is calling for unity and says he carries “a message of peace” to the world. In his first televised speech on state T-V, Mohammed Morsi pledged to preserve Egypt’s international accords — a reference to the peace deal with Israel. Speaking through a translator, Morsi vowed to represent all Egyptians.
Morsi also paid tribute to nearly 900 protesters killed in last year’s uprising, saying without the “blood of the martyrs,” he would not have made it to the presidency. In response to Morsi’s win, Israeli Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu said he respected the results of Egypt’s democratic process and hoped the peace agreement would remain intact. Messages of congratulations have been sent by Britain’s Foreign Secretary as well as the White House Press Secretary. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has yet to comment publicly on the presidential win in Egypt. Lawrence Korb is a senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress. He says while the results should please the west … questions remain over the Egyptian military’s future role in the government.