CAIRO // Liberal and secular parties in Egypt are determined to make gains in a new round of parliamentary elections in the coming months by following the Muslim Brotherhood’s campaign tactics, said an opposition politician.
Ahmed Said, the president of the Free Egyptians, a civil not religion-based party, is plotting a comeback in the new elections. His first tactical decision was to implement lessons learnt from the Brotherhood, which has built a strong following by offering health care and education services to poor Egyptians.
With jobs and the economy being key issues, Mr Said’s group is preparing to launch an non-government organisation (NGO) to help young people find jobs and offer training for entering the workforce.
"We have a plan to within the first year have a branch within every governorate," he said. "The relationship between the NGO and the party will be like the relationship between theMuslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party, legally separate but related.”
Mr Said, whose party won just 12 of the 508 seats in the People’s Assembly, said he believed the Islamist groups would not regain the same portion of seats when new elections were held.
Mr Morsi’s first months in the presidency and his success in running the government will also be under scrutiny, said Samer Soliman, one of the founders of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.
"The opportunity now is that political Islam is in decline," he said. "Since the beginning of parliamentary elections, they have steadily lost supporters."
The Social Democratics garnered a huge interest from Egyptians when it first formed last year, he said, but over time many members joined other groups that refused to join a broader alliance of liberal and civil parties.
But he added: “The bad news is that secular parties are in a very weak state.”
"All the parties are fragmented, disorganised and are not able to hold on to constituents," Mr Soliman said. "We are still learning about how to build solid political parties from the beginning."
- Then how - such political and economic organization function? and manage to escape for example - corruption?
- Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: not corrupt, lean? efficient? - and garners support (but how? providing welfare/handouts, or more of job training and placement/career - or livelihood?)
- Then MB type organizations at other location: Afghanistan/Pakistan? (not so similar), Morocco (Al Adl, PJD?), West Bank, Gaza/Hamas, Southern Lebanon/Hezbollah (State within state some said) - then this Hezbollahs’ model (instruction, supervision) coming from Tehran?
- When it comes at this level, it’s hard to find materials - but - have to look at this level. (Supposedly very fundamentals of political Islam/Islamist phenomenons but - actually, the real knowledge is not so prevalent nor reliable - I think. But now has to check on this one more time.)