Two Faces of the Old Order

Adam Shatz, London Review of Books, May 26, 2012 They called him the ‘spare tyre’, but he may become the next president of Egypt – the first president of the post-Mubarak order. Mohamed Morsi, the candidate for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, is a charmless man, doctrinaire in disposition and impatient with the reform-minded currents in his party. He became its candidate only after its more appealing first choice, Khairat El-Shater, was disqualified from running by the Presidential Election Commission; hence the nickname. ... Yet Morsi had behind him the electoral machine of the Muslim Brotherhood, still the country’s most significant political movement. ... Two