Changing climate for the Muslim Brotherhood ?
Heba Saleh has an interesting article in today´s Financial Times, about the Ikhwan. It sounds like a new page in the relationship between the government and the brothers has been turned. To me, it´s way to early to draw any hastened conclusions. The MB has been having a turbulent year , The Brothers suffered the normal election year massroundup early this year. Issam al Ariyan in prison for five month. No clearcut endorsement for any candidate in the Presidential race, and then , to be or not to be part of the national forces for change ? The answer is yes, but on our terms, they have their own candidates, and will be fielding approximately 160 candidates, more than ever before, there is some coordination but doubtful how effective. The 17 seats that they had in the outgoing parliament could be doubled in a fair election. The Ikhwan is still the best organized political opposition force in Egypt.