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Muslim Brotherhood Forms New Egyptian Party

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

The international symbol of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood, seen by many as Egypt’s most organized political movement following Mubarak’s ouster, announced Saturday it plans to contest up to half of the country’s parliamentary seats in elections this September.

Leaders of the new Freedom and Justice party previously had indicated they would compete for no more than 30 percent of the parliamentary seats. They maintain the group will not use legislative power to promote the Brotherhood’s religious interests. —ARK


The party, headed by Brotherhood politburo member Mohammed al-Mursi, will be “independent from the Brotherhood but will coordinate with it,” he said.

Mursi, who had run the Brotherhood’s previous parliamentary campaigns, said the party was not “theocratic.”

“It is not an Islamist party in the old understanding; it is not theocratic. It is a civil party.”

Egypt’s constitution bans parties based on religion, class or regionalism.

The Brotherhood has sought to allay fears that an Islamist parliamentary majority might emerge from the polls and said it would be willing to cooperate with secular groups in the September election.

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OzarkMichael's avatar

By OzarkMichael, April 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment

Leftists and Islamists mix well together.

Islam is the tolerant multicultural religion which invented respect and equal rights for all, and the Leftists all know it is true. At least thats what I heard on Truthdig.

It will be one big vote for freedom no matter who you vote for out there. Lets go with the Muslim Brotherhood. They arent rich conservatives like the Republicans here in the USA.  They arent fascist Christians like we have here. They are democracy in action. They are part of the democratic uprising.

Come on Leftists, this is your chance to be really open minded. Mobilize for the Muslim Brotherhood(an organization that many of you have said is harmless} and encourage your fellow Leftists in Egypt to vote for the Muslim Brotherhood!

This is real democracy at last.

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By nefesh, April 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

~shell game~

Egypt going down the toilet.

Oh, wait - they were already there.

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By gerard, April 30, 2011 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

If they have a grain of political sense, they will organize a Muslim Sisterhood P.D.Q.

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By Octopodian, April 30, 2011 at 11:16 am Link to this comment

I think another 40 year walk in the desert would be just the ticket for ALL the patriarchic “children” of Abraham.

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