Can Muslim Brotherhood Unite Egypt?
On the surface, the first round of the Egyptian presidential election seemed to show that the Muslim Brotherhood and the remnants of the Mubarak regime are locked in mortal combat for the political soul of Egypt — as Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi faces pro-military candidate Ahmed Shafik in a second round of voting in June.
Buying into this simplistic formula, however, would be a total misreading of the far more complex picture. To understand the political reality of Egypt and the strengths and weaknesses of the major political forces operating in the country, one needs to look more closely at all of the electoral results.
First, it is very clear that the Muslim Brotherhood, despite Morsi’s emergence as the presidential front-runner, lost almost half its support base between the parliamentary and presidential elections — from 47% to 25%.
It is true that the well-organized Muslim Brotherhood was able to mobilize…
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Mohammed Ayoob is University Distinguished Professor of International Relations at Michigan State University and adjunct scholar at ISPU.