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  • » 06/07/2011, 00.00

    EGYPT

    Egypt, after 60 years Muslim Brotherhood party admitted to elections



    Born after the jasmine revolution, Justice and Freedom aims to achieve 50% of the votes in September elections, despite the unfavourable polls. AsiaNews sources emphasize the clever campaign of the Muslim Brotherhood, to date the only ones on television, radio and in newspapers. Concern over Islamist drift of Egypt.

    Cairo (AsiaNews) - The Electoral Commission has recognised the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood party, Justice and Freedom. For the first time in 60 years a political party linked to the Islamic movement is allowed take part in political life. Thanks to this acknowledgment, the Muslim Brotherhood will participate in the September elections, with a target of achieving over 50% of the vote, despite criticism and a poor performance in polls.

    Founded on April 30, Justice and Freedom is one of four political parties founded by the Islamic movement after the jasmine revolution. AsiaNews sources point out that "the party is still the only political formation that is carrying out a real election campaign, with TV ads, posters, articles, ads on radio and in mosques." "The party – says the source -  is gaining ground and a landslide victory is not to be excluded, even though polls show only 20% of the population in favour of the Muslim Brotherhood."

    The source believes that the moderate position taken by the Muslim Brotherhood is just an election ploy. They are using the party in order to present a "clean face" as evidenced by the election of a Coptic Christian as vice president, the absence in the statute or theocratic elements or radical Islamic positions and continual praising references to the Justice and Development, the moderate Islamic party of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. However, despite claims to liberty and secularism, the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood are still the same. "Their ideology - the source confirms - is inspired by radical Sharia law, which could emerge once parliament has been conquered. And all of this with the backing of the army, which has secretly been aligned to the Islamic movement all along. (Sc)

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    09/09/2011 EGYPT
    Egypt, secular parties take to the streets to correct path of the Jasmine revolution
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    29/09/2011 EGYPT
    The new electoral law benefits former regime and the Muslim Brotherhood
    The army reserves 1 / 4 of the seats in parliament for individual leaders without a party. The Egyptian political movements threaten to boycott the November elections. The struggle for power crushes the ideals of the jasmine revolution.

    07/03/2011 EGYPT
    Muslim Brotherhood’s power growing from the Jasmine Revolution
    A source tells AsiaNews that Muslim extremists are behind recent attacks against police stations and secret service offices. They probably tried to destroy their files, whilst giving a different spin on the raids. Other sources note that Islamists are still a minority in the country, as most Egyptians, Christians and Muslims, are still committed to their country’s future. People continue to be uneasy about poor security.

    26/01/2013 EGYPT
    Egypt, clashes between police and demonstrators: 12 dead and nearly 500 injured
    It is the second anniversary of the Jasmine Revolution. The most serious clashes in Suez, where the army blocked the entrance to the channel. President Mohamed Morsi threatens to use an iron fist against the perpetrators of violence. Port Said in flames after the verdict on the massacre of supporters of the February 2, 2012. Police barracks attacked.

    29/07/2011 EGYPT
    Tens of thousands of people in Tahrir Square to protect Egypt’s Arab and Islamic identity
    Organised by Muslim parties, the peaceful protests included secular groups and Copts. Similar demonstrations are held in Alexandria and Suez. The power of the Muslim Brotherhood is growing; the group could use Ramadan for electoral purposes.



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