Al-Shorouk newspaper says Mohamed Morsi's election means the revolution has arrived at the presidential palace
An Egyptian family celebrates the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Morsi (portrait), in Egypt's presidential election. The Egyptian press on Monday hailed the victory of the country's "first civilian president" with some newspapers saying that the "revolution" that toppled Hosni Mubarak had defeated the holdovers of the old regime. © Khaled Desouki - AFP
Al-Shorouk newspaper says Mohamed Morsi's election means the revolution has arrived at the presidential palace
A columnist in Al-Shorouk newspaper says the real winner of the presidential election is Tahrir Square
An Egyptian family arrives on a motorcycle at Tahrir Squareon Sunday night to celebrate their new president-elect, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi. Morsi won 51.7 percent of the vote in a hotly disputed election to defeat his rival Ahmed Shafiq, who served as Mubarak's last premier before a popular uprising overthrew the strongman early last year. © Marwan Naamani - AFP
A columnist in Al-Shorouk newspaper says the real winner of the presidential election is Tahrir Square
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Ines Bel Aiba, AFP
Last updated: June 25, 2012

Egypt press hails Morsi win

The Egyptian press on Monday hailed the victory of the country's "first civilian president", the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, with some newspapers saying that the "revolution" that toppled Hosni Mubarak had defeated the holdovers of the old regime.

Morsi won 51.7 percent of the vote in a hotly disputed election to defeat his rival Ahmed Shafiq, who served as Mubarak's last premier before a popular uprising overthrew the strongman early last year.

A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood who severed his affiliation with the movement after he was proclaimed the winner on Sunday, Morsi is the first Islamist to lead the Arab world's most populous nation and also its first president not to rise from the ranks of the military.

"Morsi is the first civilian president of Egypt," trumpeted the headline in the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, with the government's flagship Al-Ahram daily running a similar frontpage headline.

The military which took charge after Mubarak's ouster is due to hand over to Morsi by the end of the month, although it will retain sweeping powers.

"The revolution arrives at the presidential palace," the independent Al-Shorouk newspaper announced on its front page.

Al-Tahrir, an independent newspaper that is critical of the country's military rulers, said: "What is important is that this is the first president not from the military, and he has defeated Mubarak's last descendants."

Morsi's campaign had described him as the "revolution's candidate" and he had reached out to pro-democracy activists who were suspicious of the Brotherhood's cooperation with the military after Mubarak's overthrow.

"The winner in the election is not Mohamed Morsi, nor the Brotherhood and their Freedom and Justice Party. The winner is Tahrir Square, the winners are the martyrs and wounded," wrote a columnist in Al-Shorouk, referring to the iconic Cairo plaza that was the epicentre of last year's uprising.

The newspaper welcomed the president-elect but asked him to choose a prime minister and vice presidents who are not Brotherhood members, and to extend his hand to Christians, roughly 10 percent of the country's 82 million people.

Al-Ahram, a stalwart defender of the Mubarak regime until its overthrow, welcomed the new president and presented itself as the "people's newspaper."

"We say, with overflowing hope, that Egypt will witness with him days full of justice, democracy, equality, forgiveness and national reconciliation," it said in an editorial.

© AFP 2012

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