Mohamed Morsi Isa El-Ayyat (born August 20, 1951) is the fifth and current President of Egypt, having assumed office June 30, 2012.
Morsi was a Member of Parliament in the People’s Assembly of Egypt from 2000 to 2005 and a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood. He became Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), a political party, when it was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. He stood as the FJP’s candidate for the May–June 2012 presidential election.
On June 24, 2012, the election commission announced that Morsi won Egypt’s presidential runoff against Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. According to official results, Morsi took 51.7 percent of the vote while Shafik received 48.3. As he had promised during his campaign, Morsi resigned from his position as the head of the FJP after his victory was announced. He is the first civilian president to hold the office.
World Liberty TV was on hand for this historical discussion at The Clinton Global Event, where President Morsi laid out his vision and plan for Egypt.