“The Egyptian military has granted legitimacy to the once-banned Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood by appointing Sobhi Saleh, a former lawmaker from the Brotherhood, to an eight-member panel of experts it has created to amend the country’s constitution
At the same time, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood intends to create a political party which it had been forbidden to do under Mubarak. At present, the Egyptian constitution also bans the formation of any political parties based on religion.
Essam El-Errian, a member of the guidance council of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, also said the group will demand a religious underpinning to changes.
“We embrace democracy not as a foreign concept that must be reconciled with tradition,” he said, “but as a set of principles and objectives that are inherently compatible with and reinforce Islamic tenets.”