Monday, April 2, 2012

Egypt's Spring Break

Muslim Brotherhood's decision to run a candidate for president, despite earlier pledges not to, worries Egyptians.

By Marwan Bishara

"The Muslim Brotherhood's nomination of Khairat al-Shater for President of Egypt has raised many eyebrows and confused an already muddled political scene in the Arab world's most populous country.

Shocking, but hardly surprising, the decision comes after the group’s repeated promises not to run its own candidate for president.

Indeed, al-Shater told Al Jazeera Arabic only a few weeks ago that the Brotherhood wouldn't nominate a candidate and if he himself stood for elections, the group wouldn’t lend him its support.....

Vying for power

Islamists already control the majority of seats in the parliament and Constitutional Assembly. The FJP’s Saad El-Katatni, speaker of the parliament, heads the two bodies that will write laws and the country's new constitution.

Over the last few weeks, the FJP has been calling for the fall of the government in order for it to form a new one under its direct control.

If they eventually win the presidency, the Brotherhood would be in charge of all four pillars of Egypt’s polity....

Discord within the Brotherhood

Disagreement about Ashater’s nomination for president doesn’t only come from the Brotherhood’s rivals; it also comes from within its own ranks.

The Shura council of the Brotherhood voted in favour of al-Shater by a very slim margin with 56 voting in favour and 52 against his nomination.

That’s a huge split by any standard in an organisation that prides itself with consensual Islamic politics....."

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