Recently when asked who would emerge on top in Egypt, I said, “The Muslim Brotherhood.” Another analyst of political Islam on the contemporary scene said, “The military.” The showdown is coming soon. “Egypt’s Islamists could soon challenge generals,” by Leila Fadel in the Washington Post, January 4:
CAIRO “” The dominant showing by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party in Egypt’s first post-revolution elections puts the country on a collision course, analysts say, with emboldened Islamists and the entrenched military set to vie for power.
The Brotherhood, which was the leading opposition force under now-deposed leader Hosni Mubarak, has emerged as the country”s most viable political power.
I tried to tell you.
While votes are still being counted in the last of three stages of elections for parliament’s lower house, the Brotherhood expects to take more than 40 percent of seats and could claim an outright majority on Jan. 23, when the new parliament is scheduled to convene.
Until now, the relatively moderate Islamist group had an uneasy alliance with the council of generals who took control of the country after Mubarak’s ouster on Feb. 11. But with the military leaders intent on protecting their political and economic interests as Egypt lurches toward democracy, some analysts say a clash between the two centers of power is inevitable.
They have made it clear that they want Sharia and abrogation of the treaty with Israel. They’re “relatively moderate.”