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It’s Official: Egypt Will Hold Parliamentary Elections in September

Rather than spending the next five months complaining, those who aren't supporting the Muslim Brotherhood better get started actually working and organizing.

Barry Rubin


March 29, 2011 - 12:07 am
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Centrist pro-democracy forces: This would be the party of Mohamed ElBaradei, Ayman Nour, and the Facebook kids. I doubt it would get more than 15 percent, almost all in Cairo and Alexandria.

Obviously, these are tentative figures that will have to be revised as we see whether these groups do get organized and are able to remain united.

The Brotherhood will definitely not “take over” Egypt this year — especially since Amr Moussa is the most likely president and the Brotherhood won’t run a candidate. But it will have lots of influence and a key role in writing the new constitution.

Presumably, the Brotherhood will make deals to get religious and social clauses it wants in exchange for compromises on things it doesn’t care about very much. Egypt, then, will take a big step closer to Islamism and an even bigger step toward being hostile to the United States and Israel, while moving into a virtual alliance with Hamas.

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Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition, Viking-Penguin), the paperback edition of The Truth about Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan), and The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley). The website of the GLORIA Center is at and of his blog, Rubin Reports, at
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