Crowd in Tahrir Square Celebrates Muslim Brotherhood Win as Morsi Elected Egypt's President
Leland Vittert reported live from Tahrir Square where tens of thousands, perhaps more, gathered to celebrate the win of Mohammed Morsi as Egypt’s first democratically elected president. “To say it is wild would be an understatement. The last time things were like this was 16 months ago when they kicked out Hosni Mubarak,” Vittert observed.
Morsi was the Muslim Brotherhood’s second choice to become president and the question moving forward is whether the army will turn over power. Those who have been camped out in Tahrir Square said they would not leave until Morsi was declared the winner. One of Morsi’s promises is that he will restore the economy in Egypt where tourism has nearly vanished and many people are out of work.
Vittert asked two men in the crowd what the election means to them and if the United States should be worried about Egypt’s relationship with our two countries.
One man said it means “a lot, our revolution is getting success … Morsi he should, he should understand he is getting there because of us.” He said, “American people, don’t worry.”
Another man who said he has lived in the United States and has also worked in the tourism field, told Vittert, “I invite all the Americans to come and see our new Egypt … don’t just read about us.” He optimistically continued saying, “It will be different because we are reforming … Morsi made sure that he will reform the country from the very beginning. Morsi made sure that he said peace for everyone.”
Watch crowd reactions below: