A leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party announced his support for the presidential hopeful and former Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh Saturday.
On his Facebook account, Freedom and Justice Party leader Hassan al-Beshbashy wrote that Abouel Fotouh was "key proponent of the Islamic awakening in the 1970's and the second founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Abouel Fotouh controversially left the group earlier this year to run for president, after the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest organized political organization, pledged that it would not field a candidate in the race. Later, the group backtracked on its previous statements, fielding first Khairat al-Shater, who was disqualified, and then Morsy, Freedom and Justice Party president.
In his Facebook statement, Beshbasy also said Abouel Fotouh had proven his mettle in clashes with both former presidents Hosni Mubarak and Anwar al-Sadat.
Beshbasy also called on members of the Brotherhood to back Abouel Fotouh, who he said was the "strong honest and consensus candidate backed by all the national and Islamic movements."
He told Al-Masry Al-Youm that many of the Brotherhood senior leaders held similar positions, including the Brotherhood leader Mostafa Komshaish and he expected many of them to officially announce their support of Abouel Fotouh in the coming few days.
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