President Barack Obama has invited Egypt's newly elected Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, to visit the United States in September, an Egyptian official said on Sunday, reflecting the new ties Washington is cultivating with the region's Islamists.Mursi formally resigned?
Washington, long wary of Islamists and an ally of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, shifted policy last year to open formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, the group behind Mursi's win. Mursi formally resigned from the group after his victory.
After Mubarak's fall, the Brotherhood pledged not to field a presidential candidate at all. Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh was allegedly expelled from the group and ran as a non-member. Then the Brotherhood went back on its word entirely and fielded candidate Khairat al-Shater. After he was ruled ineligible (for being arrested too many times), in stepped another Brotherhood candidate (Mursi).
So, Mursi wins and then "formally" resigns from the group?!