The future of Egypt in the aftermath of last year’s “Arab Spring” is being written by the dominant Islamist organization in that nation, the Muslim Brotherhood. Since the fall of the Mubarak government in February 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood has been steadily establishing itself as the center of power in the new Egypt. In the process, the organization is now preparing to break a crucial promise that its leadership made last year: the Muslim Brotherhood is now seeking to install one of its own as president of Egypt.
As reported for The New American in late February, two Islamist parties — the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist Al-Nour Party — have won a strong majority in both houses of the Egyptian parliament in recent elections. As was noted at that time, the election results for the upper house of parliament demonstrated a clear repudiation of political parties that were more secular or liberal, with the Freedom and Justice Party taking 58 percent of the available seats, and the even more extremist Al-Nour Party winning another quarter of the seats.
With such firm control of parliament, it was little surprise when the forum charged with drafting a new constitution for Egypt selected Mohamed Saad al-Katatni (photo) to oversee the process. Al-Katatni was the first Secretary General of the Freedom and Justice Party, who resigned that leadership role to be selected as the Speaker of the lower house of parliament. The selection of al-Katatni — who ran unopposed for leadership of the constitutional committee — was met by the resignation of many of the token liberals and Christians on that committee.
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