As I wrote here for FrontPage Magazine, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is engaged in multiple cover-ups and deceptions ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for September. The Investigative Project on Terrorism has a comprehensive update on the Brotherhood’s scheming.
First, the stated goals of the Brotherhood have changed. First, it said it’d only compete for one-third of the seats in parliament. In early April, this changed to “35 to 40 percent,” which was quickly followed with a qualifier saying the Brotherhood would not go above 49 percent. Now, its position has changed again. The group says it will compete for half of the seats. This is a reflection of the Brotherhood’s confidence, as Supreme Guide Badie boasts that the group would win 75 percent of the seats if it wanted to.
This is a major exaggeration, in my estimation, as I wrote in Pajamas Media that the latest poll shows the Brotherhood in second place:
…the Wafd Party has a 46 percent approval rating, followed by the Brotherhood at 38 percent. Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party still has significant support with a 26 percent favorability rating. When respondents were asked whom they intend to vote for, 23 percent said they are backing the Wafd Party. The Brotherhood scored 12 percent, only two points ahead of the NDP.
The Brotherhood may also be engaged in some taqiyya in regards to the presidential race. It has vowed not to run a candidate, but a senior official, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, has declared his candidacy as an Independent. The Brotherhood says it is investigating the matter and is unhappy with the insubordination, but some leaders including former Supreme Guide Akef are expressing their support for him.
The IPT also notes that the “moderate” image of the Brotherhood is becoming ripped apart. It has formed a bloc with Salafist parties and the Supreme Guide recently sat side-by-side with Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas, in the headquarters of the Brotherhood in Egypt (see photo here).
The secularists need to get their act together. The Egyptian population’s main concerns are stability, political liberalization and economic improvements. The secularists can make a strong case that the Brotherhood is an Islamist extremist group that cannot be counted upon to deliver freedom and is not qualified to handle the economy. But time is running short….