Ignoring the Snubs – The Brotherhood Moves Forward
|Saturday, February 26,2011 18:22|
Responding to mass calls for his resignation and finally handing power over to the military on February 11th, 2011, Mubarak is now being held accountable for amassing billions of dollars while in office.
Mubarak’s legal representative submitted his final financial statement to the concerned judicial bodies, denying that Mubarak had in fact amassed such great wealth.
With power now in the hands of the army, the court prosecutor has asked the foreign ministry to put a freeze on all the accounts and foreign assets held by Mubarak, his wife, and their two sons and their wives in a bid to reclaim wealth that belongs to the people of Egypt. The Brotherhood is a significant force behind these reforms.
As Egypt hastens to finalize the peaceful transition of power, bringing the Mubarak regime to account for corruption and usurping the nation’s wealth, British Prime Minister David Cameron became the first foreign leader to visit post-Mubarak Egypt. Although he pushed for an end to the Emergency Law and mentioned something about other reforms, he refused to talk to the influential Muslim Brotherhood which was a fore-runner in advocating for these much needed changes.
Adamant, Mr. Cameron gave the Brotherhood the cold shoulder, maintaining that there are political alternatives. As the political landscape takes shape, opposition groups in Egypt are forming a united front with common demands and the Brotherhood enjoys a central position as a significant spokesperson for the masses with a long and respectable history of charity outreach and democratic advocacy. It is believed that the UK is mirroring US suspicions because the Brotherhood seeks a democracy based on Islamic principles.
Regional uprisings have forced Western governments to rethink their policies of supporting autocrats, but they are doing this warily, fearing the rise of Islamist groups in their place.
Mr. Cameron is trying to make sure that Egypt makes the transition from military rule to civilian rule, ignoring the fact that the majority of Egyptians are Muslims who hold great respect for Islamic ethics on which the MB has based its platform. The Brotherhood is consistently clear as it promotes public demands and is firm in its intent not to accept any post in government, reiterating that the new civil government should have no connection with the old regime.
In a gesture of democratic representation, and ignoring the snubs, the Muslim Brotherhood is establishing a political party named the "Freedom and Justice Party. Brotherhood Chairman Mohammed Badie said party membership will be open to all Egyptians who accept the party’s program and policy direction.
As the political landscape in Egypt starts to form, and as Western leaders ponder on whom to offer their support, the Muslim Brotherhood continues its work to restore justice, establish democracy and advocate for human rights.