The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP
) High Committee is meeting Saturday to discuss the possibility of proposing a presidential candidate. The Brotherhood's Shura Council, the organisation's consultative body, will meet in parallel to discuss the same topic.
According to FJP member MP Farid Ismail, the meeting will discuss other recent developments, but will focus on plans for presidential elections scheduled for May 2012.
Ismail told Ahram Online that the party is currently pushing for a government that would be more than just an administrative body, enjoying greater powers than those currently allowed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
The Muslim Brotherhood previously rejected a proposal by SCAF that a new government be formed which would include 10 ministers chosen by the military council to be headed by a Brotherhood member.
The standoff between the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament and the ruling military council over the future of the SCAF-appointed El-Ganzouri government has lasted for several weeks. It intensified after parliament rejected Ganzouri's report on the status of the economy and the security situation delivered 26 February.