"I cannot afford not to be in Egypt at this time to witness this historic moment, when the president of the biggest Arab country comes from Tahrir Square, the home of the Arab Spring," Rached Al-Ghannouchi, leader Tunisia 's Islamist Ennahda Party, said today.
Over the last two months, Al-Ghannouchi visited Cairo three times to hold meetings with political leaders and share his country experience in the transition from autocracy to democracy.
On Friday, Al-Ghannouchi gave a speech to hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who went to Tahrir Square watch President Mohamed Morsi offer a symbolic oath.
"It is a historic and very emotional moment, when I saw the president of Egypt take an oath in Tahrir Square, where the revolution came from," Al-Ghannouchi said in a roundtable discussion with Al-Ahram daily and Ahram Online staff during his visit to Cairo.
In Tahrir Square on Friday, Al-Ghannouchi congratulated Morsi for his electoral victory. "I urge all the Egyptians to be united and build their country, in order to achieve the goals of the Egyptian revolution," he said.
Answering an Al-Ahram question about what he thought of Morsi's Tahrir speech, he said what the new Egyptian president said was a very important step, announcing the death of the Mubarak regime.
"If Morsi implemented what he said in his speech in Tahrir Square, Egypt would be the most democratic country in the region and might restore its historic important role on the regional and international levels," Al-Gannouchi said.
Al-Gannouchi added that Morsi talked on Friday and Saturday as the president of all Egyptians, not as a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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