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Morsi's presidential victory draws congrats, guidance on Egypt's direction

By the CNN Wire Staff
June 25, 2012 -- Updated 0236 GMT (1036 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The U.N. head "trusts" Morsi will promote democracy, human rights, stability for all
  • The Muslim Brotherhood candidate will be Egypt's next president
  • A Morsi supporter says, "We've been waiting for it for 7,000 years"
  • An activist thanks "martyrs of the revolution" for making the revolution possible

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(CNN) -- The announcement Sunday that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi had won Egypt's historic presidential election spurred emotional celebrations from Cairo to Gaza, as well as more subdued congratulations from around the world.

Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party:

"We've been waiting for it for 7,000 years. For the first time in history we have our own president, elected by us. The power of the people is now in the hands of the president -- and the president has to go and move forward."

Manal Koshkani, a supporter of losing candidate Ahmed Shafik:

"I hope we see a better future ... I highly doubt it."

Mohamed Saleh, a young man in Egypt:

"They give us power? They don't give us power. Mohamed Morsi is just a president (in) name. He doesn't have power, (the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) has power."

Khaled Ali, an Egyptian lawyer and activist who unsuccessfully ran for president, via Egyptian state-run news:

"Defeating Ahmed Shafik is a defeat of Mubarak's regime... The revolution continues."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

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"Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects the results of the presidential elections. Israel looks forward to continuing cooperation with the Egyptian government on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries, which is a joint interest of both peoples and contributes to regional stability."

Prominent Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi:

"We respect the will of the Egyptian people and the democratic process, and we congratulate President-elect Dr. Mohamad Morsi, and look for future corporation with Egypt and its supportive position for the Palestinian cause ... by protecting the rights of the Palestinian people and achieving just peace on the regional and international level...

"The democratic process in Egypt should be propelled by a real movement based on regaining ... its leadership in the Arab world and region."

Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

"The secretary-general commends the Egyptian people for the peaceful atmosphere in which these elections were held. He congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi on his election and trusts that the president-elect will spare no effort in ensuring the people of Egypt realize their aspirations for greater democracy, the promotion of human rights and a more prosperous and stable Egypt for all of its citizens.

"The secretary-general notes that the imminent handover of power to the elected president marks the end of one important phase of Egypt's ongoing transition to greater democracy. He stresses the need to strengthen and build strong, independent institutions and to allow civil society to flourish and to play its role fully and freely."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:

"The United States congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi on his victory in Egypt's presidential election, and we congratulate the Egyptian people for this milestone in their transition to democracy.

"We believe that it is important for President-elect Morsi to take steps at this historic time to advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies in consultations about the formation of a new government. We believe in the importance of the new Egyptian government upholding universal values, and respecting the rights of all Egyptian citizens -- including women and religious minorities such as Coptic Christians. Millions of Egyptians voted in the election, and President-elect Morsi and the new Egyptian government have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry.

"We commend the Presidential Election Commission and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) for their role in supporting a free and fair election, and look forward to the completion of a transition to a democratically-elected government."

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague:

"This is an historic moment for Egypt. I welcome President Morsi's statement that he intends to form an inclusive government that governs on behalf of all the Egyptian people.

"It will be important for the new government to stand for national unity and reconciliation, to build bridges across Egyptian society and to uphold human rights, including the rights of women and religious minorities, and the rule of law. An inclusive government with the authority to take forward reforms, and a new parliament and Constitution which represent the interests of all Egyptians, will be important steps in Egypt's transition to democratic government."

Iranian foreign ministry, via state-run Iranian news:

"(Egyptians) once again showcased their firm resolve to realize the noble justice-seeking ideals of the great Egyptian revolution," calling the election "a majestic display of democracy."

U.S. Senators John McCain, R-Arizona; and Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, in a joint statement:

"The Egyptian people have spoken, and we respect their choice and look forward to working with President-elect Morsi in a spirit of mutual respect and in pursuit of the many shared interests of the United States and Egypt...

"In the days and weeks ahead, we believe it is critical for Egypt's democratic transition to continue moving forward -- including restoring legislative power to an elected parliament and the drafting of a constitution that guarantees the rights of all and empowers an elected civilian government.

"We also hope that all of Egypt's leaders will now set aside their disagreements and work together to address the many urgent problems facing their country. In particular, we hope that President-elect Morsi reaches out to all elements of Egyptian society, leading Egypt forward in a spirit of cooperation and consensus."

Wael Ghonim, a former Google executive who helped organize the 2011 revolution, via Twitter:

"48% of Egyptians didn't vote for the 1st ever elected president. Its patriotic to understand their fears, and to deal with their concerns."

Amr Hamzawy, liberal ex-Egyptian parliamentarian and research director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, via Egyptian state news:

"I thank and salute the martyrs of the revolution and all those who were injured; if not for them those elections would have never occurred for the first time in our history."

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