Tensions Grow between Egypt's Military Leaders and the Muslim Brotherhood

(Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Eric Trager - As Egypt prepares for parliamentary elections, scheduled to begin November 28, two primary players are competing for the country's political future: the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which is widely expected to win a plurality of votes. Egypt's military leadership is notoriously conservative and fears that immediately turning power over to a new parliament would result in instability. At the same time, the SCAF seems to realize that the Islamists will almost certainly take control of the legislature and make significant and irreversible changes to the Egyptian political system.

2011-11-10 00:00:00

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