Egypt’s president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, center, in Cairo on June 22. Morsi has said he will appoint a woman and a Christian to serve in his cabinet, indicating the lengths to which he's willing to go to calm fears of an Islamist takeover of the government. (AFP/GettyImages)
To ease concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in the Arab World’s most populous country, Egypt's president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, has backtracked on many of his previous extreme positions and reached out to liberals and to Egypt’s Christians. At the same time, he’s pressing the military to give back some of the power it grabbed for itself over the last few weeks, likely hoping that his conciliatory rhetoric will help him succeed. Has the Brotherhood really changed? Or is Morsi just saying what he needs to say in order to gain power?
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