In the immediate interests of social peace, it’s probably a good thing that Mohamed Morsi has been declared the winner of the Egyptian presidential election. If his rival, Ahmed Shafiq, had got the nod, there would have been widespread suspicions of ballot-rigging by the military. Tahrir Square might have been occupied. There probably would have been more violence and confrontation.
Also, I think it’s important that the Muslim Brotherhood are demystified by being given a chance to govern. They are facing a really tough economic situation – and their early performance in parliament has been pretty dismal.
Egyptians will want to see if the Brotherhood can deliver a better economy. But what should the outside world be looking for? Read more