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Brotherhood discusses group policy on presidential race, constitution

Muslim Brotherhood, FJP and ruling military council all hold meetings on Tuesday aimed at tackling ongoing controversy over presidential election, constituent assembly

Zeinab El Gundy, Tuesday 27 Mar 2012
Muslim Brotherhood
Mohamed Morsi (R), the head of the newly-formed Muslim Brotherhood Party named "Freedom and Justice" (Photo: REuters)
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The Muslim Brotherhood's consultative Shura Council held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss upcoming presidential elections and the possibility of fielding a candidate from within the group. 

Leaks from the meeting suggest that the council is mulling Saad El-Katatani, current speaker of the People's Assembly and leading member of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), as a possible presidential contender.   

According to news reports, FJP leader and leading Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi left the Shura Council meeting to meet with members of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and representatives of other political parties.  

The SCAF reportedly plans to discuss the ongoing debate over Egypt’s constituent assembly – tasked with drafting a new constitution – with all parties currently represented in Parliament. The Socialist Popular Alliance Party, for its part, announced early Tuesday that it would boycott the scheduled meeting.

The FJP also plans to hold a second meeting on Tuesday, following its earlier meeting with the SCAF and political parties, to discuss the debate over the constituent assembly – especially in light of several recent high-profile resignations by liberal and leftist assembly members who object to the assembly’s large proportion of Islamists. 

The Muslim Brotherhood and the FJP are both expected to issue statements on their respective positions regarding both the looming presidential contest and the constituent assembly.

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