It's now official. Mohammad Mursi, Islamist candidate of the Freedom and Justice Party, won the presidential election with 52% to become Egypt's first ever civilian president, and the first elected Islamist president in the Arab world.
Egypt has witnessed a rough couple of months that exposed the chaotic nature of Egypt's transition to civilian rule. In a farcical show of military's influence over state institutions, the election commission barred some of the leading contenders from standing, the constitutional court dissolved Egypt's democratically elected parliament, paving the way for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to assume all legislative power.
And yet the polls discarded with plenty of conventional wisdom on where the country was heading. Several surprising voting patterns suggest that Egypt's politics will be more diverse and fluid than it seemed six months ago when various Islamists groups won the majority of parliamentary seats.
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