Meanwhile, in Cairo ...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

The Muslim Brotherhood, the seedbed for what eventually became al-Qaeda ideology, is feeling pretty good about itself these days, apparently:

CAIRO--In a sign of the increasing confidence of Egypt's Islamists, the Muslim Brotherhood said it will compete for 45% to 50% of seats in this fall's parliamentary elections, according to a statement released by the group on Saturday.

The Brotherhood had previously said that its new political party "Freedom and Justice" would field candidates in about one-third of parliamentary districts in elections scheduled for September.

The Brotherhood, the country's most powerful Islamist group, is holding to its decision not to participate in presidential elections that are supposed to take place before the end of November.


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