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In Power, Egypt's Brotherhood Seeks Balance On Islamic Law


Published Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:35 | Written by Amwal Al Ghad

In decades of furtive meetings in tea houses, mosques and universities, members of Egypt's underground Muslim Brotherhood spoke ardently of a country governed by Islamic law. Now that their debates take place in parliament and the presidential palace, they must decide how far to go in bringing it about.

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.

Reuters

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