The Muslim Brotherhoood (MB) is a fundamentalist Islamist organization that has earned international status since it took over the government from deposed president Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Yet even before it’s triumph in Egypt, it used the Arab Spring to flex its muscles in other embattled states in the region, including Tunisia, Yemen and Libya.

Beginning in Tunisia in October 2011, the MB exercised overwhelming power under the auspices of the Ennhada party. The following month, the MB capitalized on the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in Libya by holding its first public conference in support of the Party of Reform and Development, Libya’s new Islamist party. In Yemen, the MB stirred up opposition to the presidency of Ali Abdullah Saleh eventually forcing him to resign. 

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