Egypt’s first Islamist president faces struggle for power
Mohammed Morsi was declared Egypt’s first Islamist president last night.
He was chosen in the freest elections in the nation’s history that left it deeply polarised between supporters of an old regime figure and those eager for change.
It was the culmination of the tumultuous first phase of a transition launched 16 months ago with the uprising that removed autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak, who was replaced by a ruling military council headed by Mubarak’s defence minister of 20 years.
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