A group of mainly young Muslim Brotherhood (MB) activists in Egypt have just announced the break-away formation of a new political party. This party has been called the Hizb-al-Tayyar al Masry (HTM), which roughly translates as the Party of the Egyptian Current. The name alone suggests that this party is seeking to represent the aspirations of all young Egyptians who were involved in the uprising which removed Hosni Mubarak. Furthermore, this party has made it very clear that it is not Islamist in nature. It was founded against the express wishes of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership who wish for all members to endorse their own Islamist “Freedom and Justice Party”.
The launch of this new and inclusive political party should be viewed as a positive development, since it is indicative and symbolic of a broader trend in the region, namely the transition of Islamist groups to post-Islamism. This trend has partially been inspired by the success of the AKP in Turkey as well as disillusionment with the rigid and divisive nature of Islamist politics. However, it‘s launch is also likely to exacerbate existing tensions within the MB and its Freedom and Justice Party.
In the light of this recent development, Quilliam has issued a briefing in order to shed light on the context within which this political party has emerged. Our briefing also concludes by providing a number of important policy lessons on the topic.
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