Muslim Brotherhood to play a part in the new Egypt

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Muslim Brotherhood to play a part in the new Egypt

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With Egypt’s military ordering a committee to produce draft amendments to the constitution in the next ten days, speculation is growing on the exact roll the Muslim Brotherhood will take.

The long-banned group has said it will form a political party once democracy is established but in a bid to allay fears at home and abroad, it also promised not to field a candidate for president.

While the movement is poised to be a significant player in the new order, other opposition leaders have played down their influence to euronews.

Oussama El Ghazali Harb, Leader of Democratic Front Party said: “The whole world saw during those glorious demonstrations the Muslim Brotherhood played their part but they were not the engine of the revolution.”

As the only organised opposition for decades, the group may have suffered from its own limited success.

Ayman Nour, leader of the El Ghad Party was sympathetic to the group, saying:

“The Muslim Brotherhood is an important body which has a real impact, but it never deserved the dark image it was given under the Mubarak regime which presented it as something sinister.”

Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports that the deposed president Hosni Mubarak is in poor health. Installed at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, one source said he was refusing treatment for some undisclosed condition.