Those expecting the Egyptian political atmosphere to get better as parliamentary elections get underway are bound to be disappointed. As Egypt’s officials cancelled the parliamentary elections, for reasons so far unknown to me, by the wayside went hopes for an improved political picture in 2013.
Before the administration issued its decision, a while before actually, the National Salvation Front (which is the biggest threat to the Brotherhood’s domination of elections) decided to boycott the elections. Some have been saying that they might have actually forced the Brotherhood to the discussion table as opposed to just the ballot box, but that’s early to tell.
My own assessment is that judging by how student union elections went in many universities in Egypt, the brotherhood found its approval rating has hit a massive slide. It needed time to recover from that slide and they, by the virtue of their control over the country’s political arena, bought themselves some of it.