Muslim Brotherhood assertiveness may be risky

Sept. 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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HOUSTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood is taking a risk by its opposition to military leaders while hoping to preserve its political influence, an analysis determined.

The Muslim Brotherhood has moved cautiously in Egypt, taking a pacified stance in the country for much of the post-revolution period.

Frustration is growing, however, with the pace of reform outlined by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, most recently with its slowed march toward national elections.

The Muslim Brotherhood, in statements following a closed-door political conference organized by its Freedom and Justice Party, said it was growing frustrated with SCAF, notably with its decision to return to emergency laws in the country.

Analysis from Texas intelligence company Stratfor said SCAF may have to address some of the Muslim Brotherhood's criticisms or face further backlash from the Islamist group's supporters. The Muslim Brotherhood's popularity, meanwhile, will be tested by its call to protest the regime Friday.

"The changing dynamic between the SCAF and Egypt's largest Islamist group will place larger pressures on the military, which is seeking to preserve the regime but also will create additional risks for the MB, an organization that has operated with extreme caution for much of the past several decades," Stratfor noted.

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