(CSM) A Brotherhood show of force, as Egypt turns to presidential election

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood sent tens of thousands of members pouring into Tahrir Square…[recently] in an Islamist show of force as the country turns toward a presidential election scheduled for May 23.

Smaller Islamist groups joined the Brothers on Tahrir, all venting their anger at the felool, or remnants of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, who many say are a threat to Egypt’s revolution. The Brotherhood had kept its supporters off the streets since winning parliamentary elections at the end of last year. But the entrance of Omar Suleiman, a long-time confidant and spy-chief of the deposed Mubarak, into the race and legal maneuvers to have some of the Islamists’ own candidates disqualified brought them out…[this week].

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