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Egypt's Morsi at 100 Days: Opposition on Notice

While it's indeed conceivable that the Muslim Brotherhood may not succeed in wowing voters and the world with their management of Egypt, and there is ample room for missteps, the odds seem stacked against an outright failure, writes Bassem Sabry for Al-Monitor.
A giant banner of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi, which reads: "Mursi is the first civilian president", is pictured as Mursi addresses the nation at Cairo stadium October 6, 2012, to mark the anniversary of Egypt's successful crossing of the Suez Canal in its October 1973 war against Israel. Mursi said on Saturday he had fallen short of goals he promised to fulfil in his first 100 days in office, but aimed to assuage critics by highlighting his most prominent achievements. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Hando

Perhaps as a psychological defense mechanism against potential Muslim Brotherhood victories in the coming elections as well as the continued enlargement of President Mohammed Morsi’s and the Brotherhood’s circle of national power and influence, some on the opposition-sympathizing side seem to be trying to hedge their bets on the idea that Morsi and Brotherhood would dominate all the national seats and loci of power. However, their bet goes on, while additionally citing Morsi’s inability to fulfill most of his promises for the first 100 days in office, Morsi and the Brotherhood would then inevitably fail in managing the country throughout this difficult national juncture and push people in consequence toward the opposition in the following elections. 

Approaching this dubious line of argumentation: While it's indeed conceivable that the Brotherhood — much like any other entity in their shoes in such a difficult time — may not necessarily succeed in wowing voters and the world with their management of the state, and while there is indeed big room for missteps, the odds seem stacked up against an outright failure.

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