What does Muslim Brotherhood's win mean for Egypt?
Dr. Walid Phares weighs in
- Duration 3:59
- Date Jun 24, 2012
Dr. Walid Phares weighs in
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Sixteen months after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak there is a new Egyptian president just a short time ago the country's election commission declared -- more -- Of the Muslim Brotherhood the winner of Egypt's first free elections he get out off that shot -- the last prime minister under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.
By and narrow margin and chain -- brain let's get right to it what does the election outcome mean for Egypt right now you are looking live -- rare square in Cairo where.
Thousands and our reporter on site estimates tens of thousands maybe even a 100000 of supporters.
A Mohamad Morrissey are they're gathered celebrating his win today we're told they election commission says the win was by about 51 point 7%.
That majority means there is a new president and for the first time a democratically elected president the freest elections.
In Egypt's history -- you see -- more -- he is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood party.
And he has become victorious in this election today as we see the results after a run off this is the second round.
Parliamentary elections will be in due course as well.
We have on site with us now doctor Walid Ferris his Fox News mideast expert and author of the coming revolution to get us some insights doctor thank you for joining us -- movement.
Now there are some folks -- celebrating saying obviously this is a win for the Egyptian people and that they had a voice in choosing their president their are others who are expressing concern.
That this particular.
That in it and he's going to -- the president now -- -- is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood party.
Are there are those fears a legitimate -- -- -- They are for at least half of the Egyptian severe liberals -- Democrats the people who -- not islamists in Egypt and very large segment of of those 48% maybe more are concerned because it was about what happened.
At agenda which basically wants to change the political system and -- -- -- -- state the most of whether the same now we are basically going to follow through.
The constitutional process -- going to be -- democratic so and so forth.
So that we are now observing and monitoring how the president Marcy is going to behave in Egypt.
And how will they be held accountable I mean -- we know the military's -- a major player of the last sixteen months or so.
And and for a long history there in Egypt so the Muslim Brotherhood is making promises mister -- the president elect now making certain promises.
Who won't hold -- account.
Well basically down several mechanisms but unfortunately those mechanisms are not in place you have a parliament which majority wants most -- the but it has been disbanded by the constitutional court.
And therefore now there would be another and legislative elections if the most of -- gains and gain a majority in the next parliamentary election.
Then -- gonna have most of the control of the institutions but the military still are.
Operational in Egypt and there will be -- -- has not in terms of domestic politics but in terms of national security so it's not completely settled this is one important stage in the process and Egypt.
What does it -- the region in more broadly to the US has fly it it's my understanding you may have been serving in some role as an advisor to -- Ronnie he's running for the presidency.
What is -- -- thought about how this will impact US Egypt relations.
What the most important thing for the governor basically is that the president of Egypt make sure that everybody is included in the process that there won't be exclusion of political forces of segments of women.
Of Christian communities and of others on the one hand second.
But the Camp David agreement between Egypt and Israel is maintained.
And that's web -- basically the measurement of how this new president and the Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt would be life.
What -- so for the immediate region there what does -- mean you -- Israel but for other players there in the region what does this -- -- -- a -- also -- -- Libya would have an Islamist government -- Tunisia has an Islamist government so Egypt with president -- who would have huge influence.
All over North Africa and -- is going to have an impact on the region as a whole on Gaza for example on events in Syria so.
These -- and I just important for Egypt but for the region and also for American interest in the region as well okay so this election just to start now as we see how it plays out in the coming years and and really made even decades after doctor -- thank you very much and that always thank you.