Mohamed Morsi Isa El-Ayyat is the fifth and current President of Egypt, having assumed office 30 June 2012.
Morsi was a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, and he became the 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.
Morsi has taken initiative to move Egypt towards a more democratic rule:
- moved to reinstate the Islamist-dominated parliament that was disbanded one month earlier
- announced that the constitutional amendments passed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) restricting the president's powers would be annulled
- he also removed two high ranking officials Tantawi and Anan from the armed forces, although he said they would continue to remain as advisors of the President.