Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Gears Up for Elections

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The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party hopes to win at least 40 percent of the seats when Egypt holds its parliamentary elections, the Egyptian daily Almasry Alyoum reported on Monday.

The party submitted a list of 200 candidates to the elections committee. It also completed the party's election platform, which it calls "The Building of Egypt."

The 40-page document was submitted to the "Guidance Bureau" prior to being publicized.

According to the report, the platform is dedicated to the "martyrs of the revolution" and sets forth a "comprehensive vision" for what the Brotherhood calls the "Second Republic."

The Islamist group seeks a government in which the prime minister and parliament run the country and the president leads but does not rule.

Meanwhile, in an interview on Egypt's al-Hayat television broadcast over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would be "willing" and "open" to working with a government that included members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

One U.S. diplomat told Reuters, "It is important to be in touch with all the emerging political forces here in Egypt, across the board, which are peaceful and committed to non-violence."

"It helps to understand Egypt and the way the political system is developing," he said. "And it helps us to deliver our message and get them to understand where we are coming from."

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