There will be much, much more of this sort of thing to come. “Egypt court approves first Islamic Party,” from Afrique en ligne, February 21:
Cairo, Egypt – Egypt’s administrative court on Saturday approved the country’s first party with religious reference. The ‘Wassat’ or Middle Party, which has Islamic reference, had sought in vain for years to obtain a legal status. But the party, founded in 1996 by former Muslim Brotherhood member Abu Al-Ela Madi, finally made it this weekend, in the aftermath of the revolution that swept away long-tenured autocratic ruler President Hosni Mubarak.
The party of Madi, a liberal with Islamic background, may now field a presidential candidate for polls expected to hold before the end of the year.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which according to analysts is the most cohesive force in Egypt’s political scene, is yet to form an official party, but says it will seek to do so.
The Brotherhood has announced it will not field a presidential candidate in the forthcoming polls, and will only compete for 30 percent of seats in the parliamentary election….