Influential Islamic Cleric Leads Egyptian Celebration

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Egyptians rallied together on Friday for a day of prayer and celebration to mark the fall of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak a week ago.

Egyptian Islamic cleric Sheik Youssef el-Qaradawi addressed tens of thousands of people gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, congratulating them on their victory, saying "The illegitimate can never defeat the truth."

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck discussed el-Qaradawi's popularity and how powerful he may become on the Feb. 18 edition of the 700 Club. Click play to watch the interview.

"I congratulate the youth," he said. "They knew that the revolution will win in the end."

"The revolution is not over, until we have a new Egypt," he added.

El-Qaradawi has long been an influential Islamic leader. He has had a television program on al Jazeera network for 15 years.

While the revolution boosted national morale, the Egyptian economy has suffered greatly as a result, raising tension between the demonstrators and their new rulers -- the Egyptian military.

Egyptian tourism has also been hit hard with many travelers abandoning their trips once political conditions became unstable.

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