Pharoahs in Waiting: Who will Succeed Hosni Mubarak?

(Atlantic Monthly, October 2003) Mary Anne Weaver - The Muslim Brotherhood has established itself in recent years in Egypt as an increasingly attractive political alternative. During the build-up to the Iraq War, I spent a month in Cairo - where I lived more than twenty years ago and have visited regularly since - and I was struck more than ever before by how Islamic the city has become. An Egyptian Islamist lawyer said that on average 10-15% of the defendents in Islamist trials are former or active-duty military men. Everyone to whom I spoke agreed that the Islamists would almost certainly win if free and fair elections were held in Egypt.

2003-09-22 00:00:00

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