CAIRO — In one of Cairo’s most crowded quarters, where streets are so filled with trash that bulldozers scoop it up, the Muslim Brotherhood
has opened not one but two offices. Its most conservative counterpart
has followed suit. An Islamist do-gooder with forearms as broad as the
Nile has vowed to win a seat in Parliament.
parliamentary election may be more than a month away, but the contest
has already begun in the neighborhood of Imbaba, where the arc of the
Egyptian revolution is on display. The clarity of the revolt has given
way to the ambiguity of its aftermath, and Islamic activists here who
failed to drive the popular uprising — some, in fact, opposed it — are
mobilizing to claim its mantle amid the din of protests, confusion and,
last week, violence.
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