In Power, Egypt's Brotherhood Seeks Balance On Islamic Law
Published Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:35 | Written by Amwal Al Ghad
Elections held since the fall of Hosni Mubarak have turned the once-banned Brotherhood and its allies into the dominant political force in the Arab world's most populous country.
That success has left the Brotherhood facing competing pressures - on the one hand, to satisfy the conservative Islamists who supported them at the polling station, while on the other hand to avoid conflict with secular-minded Egyptians and a potent military establishment that opposes radical change.
For now, the outcome appears to be a compromise, satisfying neither side entirely but avoiding major confrontation, with the aim of giving the Brotherhood the leeway to meet the needs of running a modern state.
"Everything is a subject of compromise and negotiation for the Brotherhood," said Khalil al-Anani, an expert on Islamist movements based at Durham University in England.