2012-06-25 11:50:00

Islamist Morsi's win does not consolidate Egyptian society - analyst

Moscow, June 25, Interfax - The victory of Islamist Mohamed Morsi in the Egyptian presidential election does not signify a domineering of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in the country because nearly half of voters voted for a candidate from military circles, said Alexey Makarkin, First Vice President at the Center for Political Technologies.

"Morsi's win does not consolidate Egyptian society. Virtually half of all voters cast their ballots for the candidate from the military who opposes the Muslim Brotherhood movement. The margin with which Mohamed Morsi led in the second round is fairly insignificant," Makarkin told Interfax.

The political standoff between Islamists and the military will create certain difficulties for Egypt's foreign policy, the expert said. "Earlier Islamists promised to the West to respect Egypt's international commitments. However, there is also another factor such as paths that will demand a review of relations, with Israel, for instance," Makarkin said.

Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi won the second round of the Egyptian presidential election, the country's central electoral commission said on Sunday.

According to the official data, he mustered 13,230,000 votes. His rival Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister under former President Hosni Mubarak, mustered 12,347,000 votes.