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Leading Egypt's Brotherhood members deny rifts with Morsi

Leading Brotherhood figures Mahmoud Hussein and Mahmoud Ghozlan deny media reports about disputes between the group and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

Ahram Online , Friday 28 Sep 2012
MB supreme guide Mohamed Badie and President Mohamed Morsi
MB supreme guide Mohamed Badie and President Mohamed Morsi (Photo:Reuters)
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Mahmoud Hussein, the general secretary of the Muslim Brotherhood, stated exclusively to the Ahram's Arabic website on Thursday that there were no differences or disputes between the Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi, contrary to the claims of some local and international news media.

Morsi was a long-standing Brotherhood leader but resigned to take political power as leader of the Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party. Recently, several news reports based on unnamed sources have claimed that there were differences between the presidency and the Brotherhood group regarding the appointments of some governors and ministers, as well as certain decisions the president took without the approval of the Brotherhood.

The reports also claimed that leading Brotherhood member and deputy chairman Khairat El-Shater was planning to run for the presidency in upcoming presidential election, hinting at a rivalry between El-Shater and Morsi.

Hussien said that the Muslim Brotherhood had always agreed that forming the government and appointing governors was Morsi's responsibility, and not that of the group.

"Morsi takes his decisions away from the Brotherhood, as president of Egypt," he said.

Official Brotherhood spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan also denied the allegations, telling Ahram's Arabic site that Khairat El-Shater will not run for the presidency in the next elections.

Khairat El-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood deputy chairman and strongman, was the first Brotherhood presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential race, but was forced to withdraw because he was legally ineligible. He was then replaced by Mohamed Morsi.

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