No one in the Brotherhood is suggesting that the army be dispossessed of its economic and industrial empire. Nor will there be any immediate move to deprive the
The GIS are the people who arrange prisoner swaps and ceasefires between
The source for this revelation is a primary one:
'We recognise that Mubarak succeeded in making Islamists a scapegoat for the West and that our image is negative,' he said in an interview in
'Bridges of confidence cannot be built on the basis of talks only. There must be practical solutions. We realize that at this stage we should continue to employ the same individuals who followed relations with external parties, including Egyptian General Intelligence, which held the foreign relation file with
'This is sensitive for us, but ... we have no objection for these parties to continue running these files in consultation with the president and the prime minister. We don't want change for change's sake. We realize that politics is the art of the possible.'
Morsi has now embarked on what could prove to be a long campaign of attrition to repatriate the powers of the presidency, which were taken from the office in a decree issued by the
Insiders say his next target will be the
Taking it on is a high-risk strategy. It could provoke a fully fledged military coup. But the Brotherhood is determined to establish a presidency with real powers. With the exception of the post of Defence Minister, all the cabinet appointments, they insist will be theirs.
El-Shater has the reputation, rightly or wrongly, as a hardliner in the Brotherhood, a man who combines the strengths of a strategist with the practical grip of an accountant. He controls where the money goes. He reviewed the gas contract with
While he says that
The message he gives them is the same: Morsi's first task as President will be to establish the presidency as a national institution shared out among all political parties, with vice-presidents and their advisers representing the broadest coalition of secular politicians, Christian Copts and women. The Prime Minister will run a technocratic government, where competence not affiliation will be the test.
His second message is that the battle with the military is a distraction from the real problem facing
'If we don't solve these economic problems, in the coming years, there may be a revolution of the hungry. If this happened in
Morsi has a mammoth task, and he has to deliver quickly.
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