by Marwa Yahya
CAIRO, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Caught in a political deadlock since June 30, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (MB) needs to review its " approaches" if it wants to stay in the political arena in the future, analysts said.
Waheed Abdel Maguid, expert in the Ahram Center for political and strategic Studies, told Xinhua that the MB is throwing its political future away by collaborating with armed groups, noting that it should "restructure its approaches in dealing with political conditions."
The MB is facing the prospect of dissolution or secretly resorting to more violence, neither of which will secure a political presence for the group, many analysts say.
Being banned for more than 30 years under the rule of Hosni Mubarak, the MB's legality is questioned once again after more than 1,000 people died in recent clashes across the country.
As the MB repeatedly rejected reconciliation or mediation efforts, it has lost much popularity in the streets, especially among the poor, Maguid said, describing such pattern as "political foolishness."
Abdel Monem Halawah, a political analyst and journalist, said that "the future of the group depends on its behavior in dealing with the state and the people."
"By defying the people's will and the state's institutions, the group will face a real crisis that will likely threaten its political life forever," said Halawah.
The group should take urgent steps, including reconciliation with the Egyptian people first, as it has lost citizens' sympathy over its long history of struggle, especially as its one year of rule features bad performance and ends with violence, noted Halawah.
"Recognizing the road map, accepting the transitional government and changing its inciting policies against the army and the police, will facilitate keeping its place in the political equation," he added.
Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, more than 3,600 MB members have been arrested across the country, according to initial estimates.
The MB and its supporters are suffering a "state of chaos" after recurrent arrests of its seniors and leaders, noted Hassan Nafaa, professor of political sciences in Cairo University.
"Keeping violent members in the group will hinder the efforts of other moderate members," Nafaa cautioned, adding that the MB should "reconsider its situation, admit its mistakes and accept the future roadmap."
According to Nafaa, the transitional government is weighing two choices concerning the MB: to dissolve it; or most probably, to engage it in the political work but "amid strict precautionary procedures."
Maguid agreed that the emergence of new leaders, who are never involved in violent acts, will be "the only chance" for the MB to improve its image at the political arena. Whether the MB will be accepted as a political faction depends on "the behaviors of new leaders," said Maguid.
Halawah also urged the MB to stay away from the extremist and fusty elements in the hope of winning people's trust in the upcoming parliamentary elections.