MB demo at parliament

There will be a Muslim Brotherhood demonstration outside parliament in about an hour (at 1pm.) It should be one of the first one in ages, but the question will be whether the Brothers come out in strength or just send a token representation. There have been a number of demos outside parliament in the past month, mostly by the legal opposition parties, about the amendment of article 76. I think the Brotherhood, like the other parties, want to have presidential candidates get support from ordinary citizens rather than MPs to be able to run. This might be what today's demo is about.

The street leading to parliament, Qasr Al Aini, is already packed with Central Security troops and police. The Doctor's Syndicate, where the Brothers have a strong presence, is also surrounded (it's right next to my house.) I'm off there soon, so I'll be posting updates later on.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.