Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Faces Backlash

(AP) Hamza Hendawi - Egypt's powerful Islamists on Monday faced a backlash as they try to solidify their hold on the country's politics, as liberal politicians quit a panel tasked with drafting a new constitution to protest its domination by Islamists. More ominously, the ruling military issued a veiled threat of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood if the group persisted in demands to form a new government. The Brotherhood, which holds nearly half the seats in parliament, together with the second-largest bloc, the Islamic Salafis, have been demanding the ouster of the military-appointed prime minister so they can form their own government. The military has staunchly refused.

2012-03-27 00:00:00

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