New FJP chairman to be elected 19 October

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Sep 2012

Freedom and Justice Party set to elect new chairman and other top leaders on 19 October; current Foreign Relations Secretary Amr Darrag strong contender for leadership role vacated by Mohamed Morsi

Essam El-Erian during Freedom and Justice Party's high committee meeting, Saturday (Photo: Ikhwan Online)

The high committee of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) announced on Sunday it would elect a new chairman during the party's general assembly on 19 October.

The new chairman will replace Mohamed Morsi, who resigned from the position when he became president in June.

Morsi vowed to step down as FJP chairman if he was elected president so he could represent all segments of Egyptian society.

Essam El-Erian, the party's current de-facto chairman, will reportedly stand for the role, despite earlier indicating he did not want to continue in the position.

During Saturday’s high committee meeting, it was decided that the party's foreign relations committee leader, Amr Darrag, would be put forward for the chairmanship.

Also under discussion was replacing current executive bureau head, Kamilia Helmy, with Seham El-Gamal. This decision comes after El-Gamal won more votes than any other woman candidate for a role on the party's executive bureau during the last internal poll.

A new general secretary will also be elected to replace Mohamed El-Beltagy.

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