Blowback for Egypt’s Brotherhood When It Runs for President: Noe & Raad
From our Monday Bloomberg column available in full here:
The turnaround comes as relations between the Brotherhood and Egypt’s ruling military leaders have soured publicly and a range of political groups, led by liberals and secularists, have withdrawn from the Islamist-dominated committee charged with writing a new constitution.
At the same time, the Brotherhood is confronted with a strong challenge by the popular Salafist — or ultra-fundamentalist — candidate for president, Hazem Abu Ismail. His massive postering campaign became the subject of mockery among his detractors in the social media (@randatawil Tweeted : “Now when you want to describe an address to someone, you better say, keep going in the street with Abu-Ismail posters, then you will find a crossroad. Leave the first poster and the second poster and with the third one, turn to the left.”), but his candidacy is no joke.