Egypt's President-Elect Morsi Vows to Unite a Divided Nation

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Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi promised to unite a divided nation in a victory speech tonight. Not everyone is taking the Muslim Brotherhood leader at his word.

Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi delivered a plea for unity to a divided Egypt Sunday night, hours after he was declared the winner in Egypt's first presidential race since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

In an attempt to bring the nation together after a divisive race, Dr. Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, addressed Egyptians in a humble tone, and asked them to work together with him to rebuild Egypt. His very appearance on state television underscored the historic nature of his presidency: during Mubarak's regime, when the Brotherhood was a banned organization, state television announcers did not even say its name on air.

Even since the uprising that ousted Mubarak, state television has participated in a smear campaign against the Brotherhood. Now a Brotherhood leader was delivering a speech on the beacon of state propaganda.\

"Great people of Egypt, my brothers, my family, I am aware of the challenges which face us now but I'm sure if we work together, with your support, we will be able to cross this transitional moment," he said.

Election officials declared Morsi the winner today with just under 52 percent of the vote, and the tenor of his speech reflected how divided the country is. Many are wary of a president from the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi praised both the Army and the police, who were involved in the Mubarak regime's oppression of the Brotherhood and may find it hard to accept a Brotherhood candidacy. …