The feints and pretenses of Egypt’s post-revolutionary politics have been dizzying, but the situation in which the Muslim Brotherhood finds itself these days may be the most puzzling yet.
Although it is the most powerful political group in Egypt — the country’s president, his immediate entourage and half of the Parliament are all members — a lawsuit has been filed to declare it illegal. In response, the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to pass itself off as an nongovernmental organization. (...)
What’s more, because NGOs usually are closely regulated, the government is now rushing through a new NGO law that would exempt the Brotherhood from having to reveal much about its finances, recruitment practices or activities overall while allowing it to do things NGOs normally are not permitted to do, like engage in politics. At the same time, the legislation would introduce more restrictions on human rights groups, which often are critics of the Islamists. (...)
Every time the Muslim Brotherhood bends the rules in its favor, it gives credence to the opposition’s claim that the chief result of the 2011 revolution will have been to replace one oppressive regime with another. The Brotherhood no longer is banned, but it is not entirely tolerated.
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