Egypt: Morsi Tries on a Mask of Moderation
Egypt’s president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, center, in Cairo on June 22, 2012. Morsi has said he will appoint a woman and a Christian to serve in his cabinet, indicating the lengths to which he will go to calm fears of an Islamist takeover of the government. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GettyImages)
June 27, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
To ease concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in the Arab World’s most populous country, Egyptian president-elect Mohammed Morsi has backtracked on many of his previous extreme positions and reached out to liberals and to Egypt’s Christians. But at the same time, Morsi is pressing the military to give back some of the power it grabbed for itself over the last few weeks and probably hopes his conciliatory rhetoric will help him succeed. Observers inside and outside of Egypt are now watching to see how much power the Egyptian military will cede to Morsi and whether the Muslim Brotherhood has in fact really changed.
Morsi is scheduled to be sworn in as president on June 30 amid significant differences with the Egyptian military over his powers as president, the role of the military, the future of the dissolved parliament, and the drafting of a new constitution. A dispute over the location of the inauguration is just one sign of a looming power struggle between the new president and the military.

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