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Profile of Egypt's new president Mohammed Morsi

06-25-2012 01:50 BJT

The announcement of Mohammed Morsi as Egypt's new leader prompted scenes of jubilation in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where Morsi's supporters had gathered. Let’s takes us through the profile of the Egyptian president-elect.

Morsi was born in the village in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya. He is married with four children.His children were all born in California and are U.S. citizens. Morsi studied Engineering at Cairo University in the 1970s, before moving to the United States to complete a PHD. He briefly became a lecturer at California State University, but returned to Egypt to became the Head of the Engineering Department at Zagazig University. He later joined politics, where he rose in the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood and joined its guidance Bureau. He served as an independent in the Brotherhood's parliamentary bloc from 2000 to 2005. He then lost his seat in his home constituency, after a run-off vote.

During his service in the government, he was occasionally praised for his good performances. Morsi was chosen to be a spokesman for the Brotherhood, and in 2011, after the popular revolt that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down. He became the chairman of the Freedom Justice Party. Early this year the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Khairat El-Shater was disqualified from the presidential election, and Morsi was to later be chosen to replace him.

Following the first round of Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential elections, exit polls suggested a 25.5% share of the vote for Morsi, which was slightly ahead of Mubarak's former Prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq. Morsi was confirmed the winner on Sunday, where he won 51.7% of the vote.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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