Islamist Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood was declared Egypt’s first democratic president on June 24 by the state election committee, which said he had defeated former general Ahmed Shafik
The White House congratulated Egypt’s president-elect Mohamed Morsi on his victory in that country’s presidential election, “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,”
[June 20] U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was careful to say, in response to the generals’ announcement, that “if” there is a need for new parliamentary elections, the U.S. hopes they will happen swiftly. In his conversation with Egypt’s interim leader, Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wasn’t so prudent. According to the official account of the conversation, Panetta spoke of the need to conduct new elections as soon as possible, without any qualification.