It’s a testament to the Muslim Brotherhood’s growing unpopularity in the Middle East over their abuses of power in Egypt, that other Brotherhood cells are trying to disguise their identity again.
In Morocco, the Islamist political victories captured less attention than those in Egypt and Tunisia because it still has a king, but the Islamists still won there. But now Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane is trying to back away from being identified with the Brotherhood.
Morocco’s Islamist premier, Abdelilah Benkirane, denied links with the Muslim Brotherhood, Arab press reported on Tuesday.
Benkirane, head of the ruling Islamist Justice and Development party, emphasised that Islamist movements have “their own political thought”.
“People voted for us as a political party as Moroccans are Muslims by nature; the government does not plan to Islamise society or interfere in people’s personal lives,” he said.
The problem with Benkirane’s denial is that not only does his Justice and Development Party look and sound like the other Islamist fronts for the Brotherhood in the region, and it is widely known as the local Brotherhood franchise, but the Muslim Brotherhood’s own site described the JDP as its offshoot in an article with the topic “MB Around the World.”
Abdullah Baha, the leader of the PJD bloc in parliament and the party’s under secretary-general told Ikhwanweb…
Bahaa said about the coming elections:” They allow them as a party to have a direct contact with and listen to people. However, they require more preparations and efforts. The Under Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party in Morocco “the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot there” added that his party will field candidates in all constituencies and that the administrations of the election campaigns are working day and night and everything is moving smoothly.
So yes PJD is indeed the Brotherhood and it has the same agenda. It just doesn’t yet have the same degree of power to carry out that agenda.