chapter  7
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Political da῾wa: understanding the Muslim Brotherhood’s participation in semi-authoritarian elections

BySamer S. Shehata

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of electoral participation, competing in every legislative election since 1984, with only one exception. Under the Mubarak regime (1981-2011), Brotherhood candidates stood in elections for the People’s Assembly, the lower house of parliament, in 1984, 1987, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. Only in 1990, when all political parties except the leftist Tagammu῾ Party boycotted the vote, did the Brotherhood refrain from electoral participation.2