We need to make a bet on democracy. But we also need to remain vigilant to make sure that those who oppose democracy do not hijack these transitions" European Commission President, Jose Manuel BarrosoEgypt’s President Mohamed Morsi is expected to pay a visit to the European Union (EU) headquarters in Brussels next week. According to a statement released by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Tuesday, the visit is scheduled for September 13. During his visit, newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is also expected to meet EU President, Herman Van Rompuy and EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton, Barroso added.
On June 24, after days of delay, Egypt’s Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission announced that Morsi had won the country’s June 16-17 run-off presidential election.Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million ballots cast, which had given him 51.7 percent of the vote. After the announcement, tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in the capital, Cairo, and across the country to celebrate the victory. MAM/SZH/JR