Muslim Brotherhood Poised to Take Over Egypt?

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Some are wondering whether Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is on the brink of taking over the North African nation after nominating a candidate for May's presidential elections.

The Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party announced this weekend nomination of Khairat al-Shater, 62, who just last week said he had no intention of running.

The decision reverses the group's previous announcement that it would not seek the nation's highest office.

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck talked more about the situation on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, April 4.

Al-Shater, who joined the Brotherhood in 1974, is considered one of the Brotherhoods' top strategists.

During the Mubarak regime when the group was outlawed, he was arrested four times for Brotherhood-related offenses and served a total of seven years in prison. 

An engineer and eminently successful businessman with an estimated net worth of $44 million, he has contributed large sums to the Brotherhood over the years.

FJP chairman Mohamed Morsy said the decision to seek the presidency is "not because we are greedy for power but because we have the majority in parliaments, which is unable to fulfill its duties in parliament," the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported.

FJP and the Salafist al-Nour party, which together control both houses of the Egyptian parliament, plan to play a dominate role in rewriting the constitution.

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