Radical Islamist Organizations Gaining Strength in Egypt

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The rapid rise of Islamist political parties before Egypt’s parliamentary elections in September has raised concerns that the country’s democratic government will be dominated by fundamentalist Muslim movements. The Muslim Brotherhood, which is Egypt’s largest Islamist party and also the founder of Hamas, has established its own network of political organizations across Egypt. Also, according to reports, Islamic groups related to Al-Qaeda are organizing from mosques to fill in the space vacated by the overthrow of the dictatorship. Egypt’s new military-led government is already facing accusations of bowing to the growth in support for the Islamic movements, adding to the fears that the new government will be predominantly Islamic.

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