House members meet with Muslim Brotherhood candidate

April 3, 2012

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's top financial figure Khayrat el-Shater and candidate for president. (Amr Nabil/AP)

The Brotherhood’s surprise move Saturday to run its chief financier and strategist — reneging on prior commitments not to run anyone for president — was a political bombshell, worrying liberals and secularists and even splitting the Brotherhood.

Members of the bipartisan House Democracy Partnership,which brings together U.S. lawmakers and those from countries with less-established democratic traditions, cautioned against placing too much significance in their Monday meeting with el-Shater.

The meeting was scheduled before the controversial presidential nomination, Rep. Gerry E. Connolly (R-Va.) said at a Cairo press conference. “I would not read much into it,” he added, according to thedailynewsegypt.com

The delegation, which has gone often to Arab Spring countries — they were in Libya just before the Cairo stop — also included chairman Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), ranking member Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) and Reps. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Erik Paulsen. They took off Tuesday for Kosovo and Macedonia.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
Continue reading
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read

politics

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters