Years ago the Muslim Brotherhood was considered among the most radical Muslim groups in the Middle East, and even today it is a vital force in Egypt. The organization is in the process of selecting a new “supreme guide.” There is a young reform body within the organization but it lacks power and even clear directions as to where the organization should be headed. MB branches in other nations hold fair and free elections, but Egypt is still characterized by a small group deciding who will head the organization. The new leader has to revitalize the MB and establish a more democratic and egalitarian course if the younger generation is to be attracted.
On the other hand, there are members of the MB who believe the main focus should be on establishing relations with the Mubarak government in order to be transformed from an underground religious organization into a legally functioning opposition party in Parliament.