Monday, May 2, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood Condemns Bin Ladin Killing; Plans to Run for Half of Egypt's Parliamentary Seats

From the AP via Yahoo:
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, a conservative organization with links around the Islamic world, has condemned the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces as an "assassination."

The Brotherhood, which seeks the establishment of a state run according to Islamic principles through peaceful means, is Egypt's most powerful and organized political movement.

The statement Monday said the group "is against violence in general, against assassinations and in favor of fair trials."...
From Xinhua:
News Analysis: Muslim Brotherhood eyes big political role
The Muslim Brotherhood, one of Egypt's most powerful political forces, aims to play a big role in Egypt's future politics after decades of oppression from the previous governments.

The group announced Saturday to form its own Freedom and Justice Party, which aims to contest between 45 and 50 percent of the parliamentary seats in the upcoming elections.

As the formerly ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) was dissolved in mid-April by a court, the Muslim Brotherhood is believed to be the best organized group in the country with supporters from different walks of life, from poor people to elites.

First, the statement is confusing, said Gamal Jawad, a researcher with Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies. To contest 45 to 50 percent of the seats did not mean they would necessarily win so many seats, he added.

The group had previously said their goal was 30 percent of the seats. It has become more ambitious. Clearly they are confident of their support from the public....MORE
Oh, and another thing:

Brotherhood: US troops should now quit Iraq, Afghan