Content from the Brookings Doha Center is now archived. In September 2021, after 14 years of impactful partnership, Brookings and the Brookings Doha Center announced that they were ending their affiliation. The Brookings Doha Center is now the Middle East Council on Global Affairs, a separate public policy institution based in Qatar.
Since emerging as the most dominant force in Egypt’s new parliament, the Muslim Brotherhood has not been able to translate its numerical advantage into anticipated political power, according to Brookings Doha Center visiting fellow Omar Ashour. This disappointment motivated the Freedom and Justice Party–the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm–to nominate Khairat Al-Shater, and subsequently Mohamed Morsi, as candidates for the Egyptian presidency. Ashour discusses why these individuals were selected as the Freedom and Justice Party’s nominees and more broadly frames Egypt’s ongoing democratic transition.