Cairo: The Muslim Brotherhood's aborted political term in Egypt may create uneasiness for Islamic forces in other Arab states, political experts have said. Earlier this month, Brotherhood-affiliated Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military after mass protests against his first-year rule.

In swift responses, Islamic parties in the region, such as the Yemeni Islah Party and Tunisia's Ennahda, condemned the overthrow as a coup and blow to the democratic process, while the Jordanian offshoot of the Brotherhood said "it's not the end of the road", a Chinese news agency reported.

In contrast, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a long-time foe of the Brotherhood setup, hailed the Egyptian army's move as an ouster of the so-called political Islam.

Assad warned that whoever uses religion in politics or for the benefit of one faction "will face the same destiny".

Nabil Abdel Fatah, a researcher with al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, foresees a "shrinking role" of the Brotherhood's participation in the political arena of the region.

"The failed experience of the Brotherhood movement in Egypt will negatively affect the Islamic forces in other Arab countries such as Sudan, Tunisia, Jordan and Palestine in particular," he said.

"Political Islam" will gradually lose its sway, and "the Brotherhood will lead the Islamic project to lose its attractiveness in the street," he said.

The researcher also predicted "a period of disagreement" within the Islamic movements, particularly between the Brotherhood and the ultra-conservative Salafists in Egypt, as some may prefer violence and extremism, when others seek a way of moderation.

Palestinian political expert Abdel Qader Yassin agrees that the Brotherhood's descent in Egypt will be followed by a fall of popularity across the region.

Yet he said the Brotherhood's failure in Egypt will not affect the Islamic resistant movement Hamas which did not benefit from Morsi's rule.

(Agencies)

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