Party split threatens Egypt’s Salafis

A serious rift inside the leadership of Egypt’s Salafi political party al-Nour threatens its meteoric rise to power after the country’s first post-Hosni Mubarak election, when it came out of nowhere and grabbed 20 per cent of parliament’s seats.

Established in May 2011, the al-Nour party surprised many inside and outside of Egypt. Its strong election performance thrust al-Nour and its Salafis into political power, which the strict followers of Sunni Islam had never been previously full


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