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Muslim Brotherhood takes over Egypt!

Interesting Article: "Muslim Brotherhood’s political party consolidates power in Egypt parliament" by Leila Fadel / Cairo published Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Egypt’s newly elected upper legislative chamber chose a member of the country’s most powerful Islamist group to lead it Tuesday, extending the control of parliament by the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing. The vote for the Freedom and Justice Party’s Ahmed Fahmy, a pharmacology professor, as speaker of the upper house followed the election of the party’s Mohammed Saad el-Katatny last month to lead the much more powerful lower house. Would you like to know more?

The Muslim Brotherhood is the nation’s oldest Islamist organization and since President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster last year, has become the nation’s most influential political force. Its Freedom and Justice Party emerged from recently concluded elections with just under half of the 508 seats in the lower house and almost 60 percent of the 180 seats in the upper house. Egypt’s ruling generals are supposed to appoint an additional 90 lawmakers to the lower house but are widely expected to leave that job to the nation’s first elected president, who will be chosen before the end of June.

Followers of a puritanical form of Islam known as Salafism took the second-largest number of seats in both houses as liberal and secular candidates floundered.

The two houses are expected to hold a joint meeting Saturday to begin the selection of a 100-member constituent assembly, the most important undertaking of the new parliament. The assembly will be tasked with writing a new constitution ahead of the presidential election. 

The first Egyptian presidential election since the fall of Mubarak should be held in May. In making yesterday's news, the head of the Electoral Commission, Farouk Sultan (pictured), said that the first round of voting would take place on 23 and 24 May and the possible run-off on 16 and 17 June: the winner should be named by June 21.

The announcement of the head of the Election Commission comes a day after the election of new president of the Shura Council, the upper house of the Egyptian parliament. As expected, given the results of the elections, he is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which controls 59% of the Shura Council and 43% of the lower chamber of parliament, the People's Assembly.

An echo of the lifelong struggle for power between the generals and civil society is seen in this picture, even in the decision announced today that the Attorney General has allowed the departure of the Americans who are part of non-governmental organizations accused of having received illegal funds to incite the population. Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud's decision arrived in the aftermath of the resignation of judges who must judge the 43 people, including 19 Americans and other foreigners, of the accused NGOs. The incident has raised a dispute between the U.S. government and Egypt, which annually receives one billion and 200 million dollars in military aid from Washington.

Egypt's upper house of parliament has chosen an Islamist as its speaker, consolidating the powerful political wing Muslim Brotherhood's control of the country's legislature. Ahmed Fahmi, a pharmacology professor and a member of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), was elected during the Shura Council's inaugural session.

The Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt's oldest Islamist organization, and since President Hosni Mubarak's ouster last year, has become the nation's most influential political force.
Egypt's ruling generals are supposed to appoint an additional 90 lawmakers to the lower house, but are expected to leave that job to the nation's first elected president, who will be chosen before the end of June.

Chief of Dubai Police Force and Lieutenant General, Dahi Khalfan, warned that the United States, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood are a threat to the security of the Gulf region, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Dahi, who was in charge of the investigation of the group suspected of killing a high-ranking Hamas official in Dubai, said in an interview published by the Kuwaiti newspaper, al-Nahar, that the ultimate goal of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists in the region is to be in power.

Warning of another ‘Sykes–Picot’ in reference to the 1916 agreement that divided the Arab World between France and Britain, the Lieutenant General said that “there is a plan to spread chaos in the region including the GCC region.

The police chief who advised Gulf States to create a confederation of unity to achieve security in the Gulf countries and in the region, showed skepticism over the Arab Spring, saying that it turned into “autumn” and has led to chaos citing Egypt as an example.



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