Egypt’s polarised political scene

By Sebastian Usher BBC News  6 December 2012 Last updated at 13:47 ET

In its simplest terms, it ranges supporters of the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi – including the powerful Muslim Brotherhood – against liberal, secular and revolutionary factions.

The latter believe the president and his supporters are trying to take near dictatorial powers to mould the new Egypt to their wishes, and must be stopped.

This has created new alliances and enmities in the kaleidoscope of Egypt’s political drama.

There are more than 40 political parties in Egypt right now. Where once they were barely heard – or if heard, the authorities were not listening – now some Egyptians are starting to complain of the cacophony of competing voices.

President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to which he belongs head the Islamist faction that has become dominant in the past year. The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party is flanked by more radical Salafi parties.

On the street, as has been seen in the violence around the presidential palace, they can mobilise muscle to take on their opponents.

The opposition, which had long been fractured and unfocused, has coalesced around resistance and rejection of what they condemn as a power grab by the president and his supporters. Read more


We were told there would be fighting among the nations, a message from Christ Jesus. As we watch the world around us falling apart, from one continent to another it should be clear we are drawing closer to the end. Not that we are to be alarmed, Jesus told us it was only the beginning of sorrow. We are to expect more horror to come in the near future. Matthew 24


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