Egypt Islamists explore electoral deal with liberals

By REUTERS
June 22, 2011 19:40

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is exploring an alliance with 17 liberal and other parties that could lead to electoral cooperation, in an apparent move to allay liberal concerns about the Islamist group's goals.

The Brotherhood, Egypt's most organized political force, is widely seen as best prepared for the September parliamentary election as many secular parties struggle to get ready for the first free vote since President Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.

The Brotherhood, officially banned but semi-tolerated under Mubarak, has said it will contest half of parliament's seats, seeking to capitalize on the grass roots networks it has nurtured during decades of medical, social and charity work.

Activists who put national pride before faith in the uprising against Mubarak fear the Brotherhood will dominate politics and seek to impose strict Islamic rules on Egypt.

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