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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Jockeys For Power
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badee casts his ballot at a polling station in Cairo on February 14, 2012 during the final round of voting for the upper chamber of the Parliament. (MAHMUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)
March 13, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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Last weekend, Egypt’s Islamic-dominated parliament voted to start the process of a no-confidence vote for the military-backed, interim government of Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri. Parliament also moved to vote to end more than $1 billion in U.S. aid for the Egyptian military. Do these dramatic moves mean that Egypt’s revolution is about to take a disastrous turn for the worse?

LIGNET believes that the recent actions of Egypt’s parliament are electioneering tactics used to increase support for the Muslim Brotherhood ahead of the coming presidential election in May.  They have no real teeth as the military has veto power over them.  Leveraging the recent decision of the interim government to release Americans jailed for interfering in Egyptian domestic affairs, the Brotherhood is jumping on a wave of anti-foreign sentiment to increase its votes at the ballot box.

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