Egypt: Stepping out of the Shadows // MULTIMEDIA
ED GILES ON ASSIGNMENT FOR THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD AND THE AGE.
The secretive Muslim Brotherhood is the new power player in Egypt - and close scrutiny will follow.
It has been called a sleeping giant, a vast, secretive organisation that has been forced to live and work underground for most of the past 84 years.
But since the fall of Hosni Mubarak's brutal 30-year rule last February, the Muslim Brotherhood has emerged as a powerful force in Egyptian politics. Its newly formed Freedom and Justice Party was this week confirmed as winning 47 per cent of the vote in lower-house elections.
Raising alarm in the West and suspicion from liberal, secular and Coptic Egyptians, the Brotherhood's dominance in Egypt's new parliament, coupled with a strong showing from the ultra-conservative Salafist bloc, has changed the face of Egyptian politics overnight.
But, how will the secretive movement that has survived underground for so long, become an open, accountable political player?