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Cairo’s failing fundamentalists

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is less powerful than many western analysts think

By John R Bradley   147

A general strike in Egypt on 6th April brought much of the country to a standstill. Two days of rioting left three people dead and hundreds injured in the worst social unrest since 1977, and brought to a head the biggest wave of industrial action since the 1952 coup d’état that brought Gamal Abdel Nasser to power. What was especially surprising to many observers was that the strike succeeded without the help of the Muslim Brotherhood—although, after its inaction was criticised in the opposition press, the group did belatedly endorse a second general strike call for 4th May.

The Muslim…

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