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Analysis, Egyptian elections

Analysis: Political Islam Without Oil


Egypt’s Islamist parties – Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist Al Nour party – secured more than 60% of the seats in the country’s parliamentary elections. With the beginning of the first parliamentary session approching quickly, all eyes are turned on the Islamists and on  how they will cope with the realities of Egypt, such as corruption, education and lack of job opportunities. It will be a long road ahead for the Islamist parties to tackle those realities in a modern globalization context without being able to rely on oil like other Islamist countries have.

Concerning the peace treaty with Israel, Essam el-Erian, vice chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, said: “This is the commitment of the state — not any group or party — and we have said we are respecting the commitments of the Egyptian state from the past.” “Ultimately, he added, relations with Israel will be determined by how it treats the Palestinians”.

The New York Times, United States

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