According to al-Masry al-Youm, the Brotherhood have postponed the launch of their moderate manifesto for fear of exposing rifts within the ranks of the party. The issue is hardly a novel one for followers of the MB: the opposition of some within the party to the acceptance of a Copt or female president.
The document, currently only at the draft stage, will signal the MB’s future intentions via-a-vis the democratic process and its scope and wording are crucial if they wish to attract the support of a plurality of Egyptians. Modernisers within the party will be looking ahead to the likely power struggle in the wake of the eventual departure of the MB’s Supreme Guide, Magdy Akef, as well as to the eventual retirement of Egyptian President, Hosny Mubarak. Any manifesto must be moderate enough to convince Egypt’s Copts, suspicious of the MB’s intentions post-Mubarak, but also radical enough to convince the millions of Muslim supporters seeking an Islam-cognisant government.