• After 80-year wait, Brotherhood blows shot at power

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    CAIRO: Having waited for over 80 years, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood secured power when Mohamed Morsi was elected president, but it can only blame itself after being ousted just 12 months later, analysts say.

    Opponents of Morsi accused him of failing the 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak by concentrating power in the hands of his Muslim Brotherhood, while failing to deal with a spiralling economic crisis.

    As the world debated whether the military move to end his rule on Wednesday amounted to a real coup, analysts agreed on one thing — Morsi and the Islamist movement brought about their own rapid decline by themselves.

    Morsi and the Brotherhood “utterly failed in (the) past year… Egyptians asked for military coup (and) they got one,” tweeted Salman Shaikh, analyst at the Brookings Doha Center.

    The Brotherhood, after first looking on from the sidelines, later joined the 18-day popular uprising inspired by the Arab Spring that forced out strongman Mubarak on February 11, 2011.

    It then fielded a candidate for the country’s first democratic presidential election last year, with Morsi carrying its baton after the candidacy of the Brotherhood’s first-choice, Khairat El-Shater, was rejected.

    Morsi came out on top in the election, bringing the Islamist movement out of the shadows after it had endured decades of bans and repeated crackdowns under Mubarak’s iron-fisted rule.

    Analyst Nathan Brown said: “The Morsi presidency is without a doubt one of the most colossal failures in the Brotherhood’s history.”

    Even allies of the Brotherhood criticised Morsi and the Islamist movement for they way they tried to run the country.

    “The president procrastinated. His group… lost any real opportunities to build a national base that would have isolated the counter-revolution,” said Mohammed Mahsub, a senior leader of the Al-Wasat party.

    “The guidance bureau of the Brotherhood bears responsibility for the downfall,” added
    Mahsub.

    Founded in 1928, the Brotherhood had a stated aim of creating an “Islamic generation” as the foundation of a state ruled by sharia, or Islamic law.

    Its long wait finally paid off at the 2012 presidential election, when Morsi defeated former air force chief Ahmed Shafiq in a run-off.

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