Egyptian media is reporting that the political coalition between Islamists and secularists in Egypt and led by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood may be on the verge of collapse. According to a report in Al-Masry Al-Youm:
The Democratic Alliance for Egypt, a massive political coalition formed in early June to heal the rift between Islamists and secularists, may be on the verge of falling apart, with ideological differences proving too large to overcome. The alliance, which groups together 28 political parties across the political spectrum, has recently witnessed internal feuds, causing some parties to pull out and leaving others contemplating the same. “In fact, this is not an alliance – it is like a car driven by the Muslim Brotherhood and ridden by some other people,” said Mohamed Menza, a co-founder of Egypt Freedom Party, a secular social democratic party under the umbrella of the alliance. This alliance was created to be a platform on which Islamists and secularists could reach a consensus over the identity of the state in the post-Mubarak era. In late June, the coalition issued a document expressing all parties’ commitment to establishing a civil state based on equality, democracy and the rule of law. Allied parties were also expected to coordinate their electoral plans and strategies ahead of the November parliamentary polls.
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It should be noted that the Muslim Brotherhood today has become a global network and that the Egyptian mother branch is not necessarily the most important part of the movement. Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, close to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, is often referred to by the GMBDW as the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, an acknowledgement of his role as the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to lead the Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide