Egypt’s first legislative elections :
Muslim Brotherhood poised for a big win
EGYPT: Egypt’s influential Muslim Brotherhood is bracing for a big
win in the country’s first legislative elections since Hosni Mubarak was
ousted. The Islamist movement, which has been banned for decades,
stepped out of the shadows after the uprising in January that ended
Mubarak’s 30-year-rule and saw power handed to a military junta led by
the strongman’s defence minister.
The group’s endurance despite repeated crackdowns is likely to bear
fruit in the elections that begin on Monday, with a large number of
seats expected for its newly founded Freedom and Justice Party.
On Sunday, the movement once linked to political assassinations but
now seen as a moderate force looked beyond the polls and said it should
be asked to form a government if it emerges as the largest party.
“The future government is supposed to represent the people,”
spokesman Mahmud Ghozlan told AFP ahead of the start of voting.
The ruling military council “must task the party which gains the
biggest number of seats to form the next government,” he said.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been officially banned since the 1950s,
but it counts hundreds of thousands of members and operates a vast
network of social and religious outreach programmes across the country.