ANALYSIS-Vague agenda fuels doubts over Egypt's Brotherhood

Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:46pm GMT

* Brotherhood well placed ahead of September polls

* Sketchy policies make Egypt's economic outlook murkier

* Leading figures brush off fears of extremist agenda

* Some members want Islamic tax, no ties with Israel

By Yasmine Saleh

CAIRO, June 22 (Reuters) - Few things better sum up Egypt's uncharted future than the vague policy platform of the Muslim Brotherhood, a long-repressed Islamist movement poised to become a decisive force in mainstream politics.

With the country's military rulers reluctant to push through major reforms without a popular mandate, all eyes are on the emerging political class set free by the overthrow in February of veteran leader Hosni Mubarak.

None is likely to mobilise as much grassroots support as the Brotherhood, which has won the sympathy of millions of poor Egyptians by railing against venal politicians and campaigning for an Islamic state free of corruption.   Continued...

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