Influential Islamic preacher Amr Khaled resigned on Wednesday as leader of Egypt Party, saying that his messages of reform and preaching do not fit with the requirements of political life.
Khaled, who posted his resignation on his official Facebook page, addressed the party’s high board and members, stating that he had announced his resignation several times in the media last year but delayed a final decision at the request of the party’s members.
According to Khaled, his resignation is “final and irrevocable.”
Chosen as one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2007, Khaled launched Egypt’s Future Party in September of 2012 with the intention of being the first political party to focus on social development rather than political ideology.
Khaled continues to head a social development organisation called Life Makers, with branches in Egypt, Morocco and the UK.