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“They have a good reach into more rural areas and have natural community outreach through mosques. The Muslim Brotherhood has been pragmatic, and I think their policies will focus on economics and social welfare.”
“They include everyone, from very simple men who are craftsmen to well-educated lawyers and doctors.”
Still, some observers were surprised by the number of votes cast in Egypt for the fundamentalist Al-Nour Party. It is made up of Salafists, whose hard-line Islamist group wants to enshrine Shariah law in the constitution.
“People are surprised by the emergence of the Salafist group,” she said. “Under [President Hosni] Mubarak, they were entirely oppressed, but now they have more space to organize themselves.”
The Brotherhood said it is boycotting a council appointed by the ruling generals to oversee the creation of the new constitution, the AP reported.
The Brotherhood also has said it will work to establish a coalition among Egypt’s political entities.
“We are committed to the democratic alliance,” said Essam El Erian, vice president of Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party. “We have no other links with any other party as of now.
“Shariah principles are in the constitution, and they are approved and accepted by all. Legalization according to Shariah law must be done by the parliament, not by any party alone,” he said.
Although Iran ushered in a theocracy after its revolution, the risk of a similar occurrence in the Arab Spring should not be overstated, analysts say.
“It is a legitimate fear based on what happened in Iran, which was transformed into a theocracy,” said Sara Silvestri, professor of international politics at City University London. “It is possible there is some risk, but it is as possible of Nazism in Europe with a prime minister coming along and becoming like Hitler.
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