Egypt's New President Likely to Befriend Iran

Egypt's new president will seek closer ties with Iran, but only to balance American power.


Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president likely will implement a foreign policy that is more independent—and less in line with U.S. whims, experts say.

Mohammed Morsi was named the winner of the hotly contested presidential election Saturday. He vowed in a speech to be the leader of "all Egyptians," but recent restrictions placed on the presidency by the ruling military raise questions about Morsi's actual power.

The president-elect and the military are expected to both play a major role in the north African country's foreign and military policies. And while experts forecast some disagreements, they see a changed Cairo more willing to go its own way on foreign policy issues, especially in its own backyard.

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