Brotherhood deputy chairman El-Shater visits Qatar

Ahram Online , Monday 5 Mar 2012

The second man in the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to discuss current issues in Egypt and the region with Qatari officials

Khairat El Shater
Khairat El Shater votes in the last parliamentary elections (Photo:Internet)

Muslim brotherhood deputy chairman Khairat El-Shater left Cairo for Doha on Monday for a visit that will last several days during which he will meet a number of Qatari officials.

El-Shater will discuss both recent developments in Egypt as well as regional affairs.

Sources close to the Muslim Brotherhood say that El-Shater will discuss with Qatari officials the coordination between the Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and Qatar in the upcoming period.

It is not known if the question of funding will be on the table. In October, Qatar gave Egypt a grant of $500 million to support the government's budget.

A major business tycoon, El-Shater is not only the second man in the Muslim Brotherhood but also considered by many observers as the main finance figure of the group. There is speculation that El-Shater will be the candidate for prime minister in the coalition government that the FJP has been calling for recently. 

Parliamentary Speaker Saad El-Katatni is also abroad on a visit to Kuwait for a meeting of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union.

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