A taste of the future-Events in Egypt over the weekend do not bode well for what’s ahead
First the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood said it wouldn’t run a candidate for president and would only contest one-third of the parliamentary seats. Then, it said it wouldn’t run a presidential candidate and would contest 50 percent of the parliamentary seats. Even that is misleading, since it could arrange with other Islamist parties not to compete against each other, thus adding 5-10% more Islamists (a majority).
Now the Muslim Brotherhood says it will run a presidential candidate who might even conceivably win the election. Oh, but he will run as an independent.
One reason for this change is that earlier on, the Brotherhood was backing Muhammad ElBaradei. But since the two broke up over the referendum regarding the election timing and rules – ElBaradei thought the changes were too favorable to the Brotherhood, so they dropped him – they had no one to support. By the way, the Brotherhood won that referendum by a landslide.
Ah, but it’s okay because, according to Reuters, Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh, the Brotherhood’s candidate for president, is a leading “reformist member” of the Brotherhood’s Shura Council, its highest governing body. Right! He wants to “reform” Egypt into an Islamist state.