The 'Snake and Ladder' of the Muslim Brotherhood

Internal turmoil, loss of Western support are among factors which could hurt party in Egypt.

March 28, 2012 17:58
Muslim Brotherhood protest against Mubarak.

muslim brotherhood_311 reuters. (photo credit: Ali Jarekji / Reuters)


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After 80 years, the dream of the Muslim Brotherhood to be in power in Egypt has come true. The group now controls a majority of seats in the Egyptian Parliament and are expected to draft a new constitution in the near future.

The classic board game "Snakes and Ladders" serves as an appropriate metaphor for the Brotherhood's political trajectory. While for now the Brotherhood has been fortunate enough to land on the squares with ladders, will it eventually fall victim to the reptile?


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